Shared Passion: A Gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection ➔ Requin (Shark)


Joan Miró
Glazed ceramic in case
circa 1950
Artworks;Frames - Height: 7.5 in;17 in Width: 6.5 in;22 in Depth: 2 in;7 in
Note: artwork;Case around artwork
Historical Context:
The French title Requin, coupled with the locations listed on the back of this object (Taurinya and Perpignan) suggests that it was decorated and fired in France. Shaped like the ubiquitous Spanish tapas plate called a cazuela, however, this object reflects its liminal geography. Perpignan sits just northeast of the border of Spain, in close proximity to Catalonia, and at various points in its history the city has been considered the most Catalan area of France. The shark is shown with stylized dorsal and caudal fins as well as a large expressive eye and teeth. Outlined uniformly in thick black lines that are echoed on the rim and the handles, the shark leaps out of the water creating an arc that reinforces the round contour of the plate.
A Gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Terms
ceramic glaze
Library of Congress Subjects
Spain--History--20th century
Current Location:
GVSU ➜ Allendale Campus ➜ Zumberge Administration (JHZ) ➜ 3rd Floor (JHZ)
Location Notes:
JHZ; 3rd Floor; 3090 Provost's Suite; bookcase in reception