"A modeled form is less surprising than a form as yet unmodeled. The modeling prevents any surprise and limits movement to visual depth. Without modeling or chiaroscuro, the depth is unlimited: movement can be extended to infinitude"
"A picture had to be right to a millimeter. It had to be in balance to a millimeter. For example in the painting 'The Farmer's Wife,' I found that I had made the cat too large: it threw the picture out of balance. This is the reason for the double circles and the two angular lines in the fore ground. They look symbolic, esoteric: but they are no fantasy, they were put in, to bring the picture into equilibrium."
I think that in this picture there are incredible use of Line. I had not thought about using lines to bring balance, in this way. There are also quite a few triangles in this picture. What do you think that this does for the chemistry of the picture. Does the large feet make the farmer's wife look grounded to the earth? I think so. The white triangle kinda disturbs me....maybe though it represents the spirit of the cat? What do you think? I noticed that the heavy line that angles down to the left would make an x in the v-line of the farmer's wife, if this v-line were extended upward. Did Miro use a long yard stick and see where other lines would intersect?
Is this part of his achieving balance in a picture?