The Tate are known to have purchased this piece in 1951, whilst most of the rest of their collection was actually bequeathed over the years by a number of generous collectors. The painting is around one metre in height, once you allow for the additional size of the frame that protects this piece. We do know that Miro was in Majorca at the time of this painting, having relocated his family to the Spanish island as a result of continued political instability right across the European continent. His mood was greatily impacted by the horrors of war and this depression would inspire many artworks around this time. He would often sit up and watch the sky at night, and that encouraged him to use stars and planets within some of his paintings. He perhaps wanted to escape the reality of life on Earth, as it was then, and sought an alternative universe in which to exist.
The Tate themselves actually house a number of other artworks by Miro, including several small sculptures. The Tate Modern is focused on the 20th century art world and features most of its key contributors somewhere within this huge building. In recent years they have even extended the gallery so that large events and other corporate days can be held, whilst also allowing more art to be displayed from their already considerable collection. Anything pre-1900 would be more likely to appear at the Tate Britain, which exists elsewhere in central London and is also another highly regarded art gallery, though with a different focus.
Women and Bird in the Moonlight is just one of many exciting artworks produced by Miro across his long lifetime and in recent years efforts have been made to document as many of these as possible within the same publication. The items in private collections tend to be less accessible and so it is harder to collate all of those items within the same list, though in time his complete works will hopefully be put together in full. Whilst individual pieces may remain left to be discovered, the main styles and mediums in which he worked are well known now, and any new artworks will likely just follow in much the same manner as the items that we are already well aware of. Thankfully, Women and Bird in the Moonlight is a part of the Tate collection in the UK, and so has now been researched in great detail. This website is part funded by advertising, some of which comes from our partnership with Ezoic - a company which has helped us to increase advertising revenue significantly in recent years. We wrote a short review about what they do, which others may be interested in reading.