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Joan Miró
Arrow Head Tête Flèche - Carborundum Surrealism Abstract Spanish

1968

$12,000

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JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983 Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish) Title: Arrow Head Tête Flèche, 1968 Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum on Arches Wove Paper Paper size: 66 x 50 cm. / 26 x 19.7 in. Image size: 39.5 x 29.7 cm. / 15.5 x 11.7 in. Additional Information: This original aquatint in colours with carborundum is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miró" at lower right margin. It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 75, at the lower left margin. It was printed and published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris, in 1968 in a limited edition of 75 impressions. There were also a few "HC" hors commerce [out of trade] proofs aside from the standard edition. The paper bears the Arches watermark in the right margin. Note: From 1967 onwards, Robert Dutrou introduced Miró to a new technique invented by Henry Goetz: Silicon Carbide engraving. Different from traditional engraving, here the incised work is replaced by a relief work, a hard superstructure on the copper surface. "The method consists of setting very high pressure resistant substances such as Silicon Carbide, synthetic varnish, or both, on the plate surface. The interstices between the silicon carbide grains and the streaks in the varnish replace the holes or grooves in the metal itself in the more classical methods. These interstices, which hold the printing ink, give it back to the moist paper, under press, to create a print" Miro wrote in a letter to Goetz: "the results are fascinating and very beautiful. The artist can express himself with more richness and freedom... which give a beautiful substance and a more powerful line..." Silicon carbide gave Miró what he was looking for, large and strong original prints, almost "picture prints". Literature: Dupin, J. (1989). Miró Engraver, Vol. II 1961-1973. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong. Reference: Dupin 460 Condition: Good condition. Pinpoint foxing across the sheet. Mount staining around the image.

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  • Creator
    Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
  • Creation Year
    1968
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.99 in. (66 cm)Width: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1804545942

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Joan Miró

With his wide-ranging oeuvre, comprising strikingly original paintings, prints, ceramics, sculptures, metal engravings and murals, Catalan modernist Joan Miró (1893–1983) was a critical force in moving 20th-century art toward complete abstraction. Although often considered an early Surrealist because of his nonobjective imagery and evocation of the subconscious, he defies neat categorization.Miró’s identity is largely rooted in the city of his birth: Barcelona. To this day, a number of his public artworks can be found there, including the 72-foot-tall statue Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird), 1983. Female and avian forms, along with bright colors and the theme of Catalan pride, are recurring elements in his work.The radical visual world Miró created with his expressive lines, signature symbols and biomorphic shapes influenced such American Abstract Expressionists as Jackson Pollock and Color Field painters like Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.Mirò continued to work and experiment until his death at the age of 90 in 1983. Five years before that, he was quoted saying, “I painted these paintings in a frenzy, with real violence so that people will know that I am alive, that I’m breathing, that I still have a few more places to go. I’m heading in new directions.”Find a collection of Joan Miró art on 1stDibs.
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