Peter Mur­ray’s Favourite Paint­ing

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The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the York­shire Sculp­ture Park chooses a work by ‘an artist at the top of his game’

‘This is one of Miró’s great mas­ter­pieces. The mag­netic field of the three large can­vases pulls me in to ex­plore the blobs of black and the brush­marks of red against a sub­lime blue­ness. It is a work that con­stantly changes, al­ways ap­peal­ing, to re­spond to my mood and thoughts. I share Miró’s pas­sion for the sea and sky, which, in Trip­tych Bleu I, II, III, he seems to have con­densed to a hu­man, but at the same time cos­mic, scale. The use of translu­cent vi­brant blue, ac­cord­ing to his grand­son Joan Pun­yet Miró, en­abled him to feel pro­tected on his is­land of Mal­lorca. Here, I see an artist at the top of his game, as I sense the phys­i­cal and men­tal mas­tery re­quired to cre­ate what he de­scribed as the point’ cul­mi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing he had done to that

Bleu I, II, III by Joan Miró (1893–1983), each 8½ft by 11½ft, Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou, Paris, France

Peter Mur­ray is Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the York­shire Sculp­ture Park, which cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary this year

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