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Joan Miró
Cover from 'Miró Lithographs II, Maeght Publisher' original print by Joan Miró

1975

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This original lithograph is one of twelve produced by Joan Miró especially for the second volume of the catalogue of his lithographs. These are excellent examples of his later work and feature his signature mark-making techniques, symbols, and bold color choices. The prints that Miró designed for his own publications should be understood as part of a long tradition; artists have been producing prints to be published in books and other publications since the advent of printmaking techniques. Albrecht Dürer, for example, made multiple illustrations for the Bible in the fifteenth century, as did the majority of his contemporary printmakers. In the modern period, artists ranging from Wassily Kandinsky to Thomas Hart Benton have taken their hand to the book as a medium. Even more, many of the most celebrated images by artists like Winslow Homer were printed for illustrated journals ⁠— and only a few examples survive today because of the perceived disposability of the medium during the 19th century. The images Miró made for the catalogs of his own body of work and career offer an insight into how the artist understood his own biography and place in history. They are self-aware and carry with them the Surrealism of his early career, but also the sophistication and refinement of an artist who had been exploring and experimenting for decades. Original lithograph produced especially for: Miró, Joan and Raymond Queneau. Miró, Lithographs Vol.II 1953-1963. Edited by Maeght. New York: Leon Amiel Publisher Inc., 1975, cover. 12.75 x 12.18 inches, artwork 23.5 x 23 inches, frame Framed to conservation standards using 100 percent rag matting with a 1/4 inch bevel, museum glass, and housed in a gold reverse ogee moulding Ref: Miró, Joan and Joan Teixidor. Miró, Lithographs Vol.III 1964-1969. Edited by Maeght. Paris: Maeght, 1977, p. 27.

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  • Creator
    Joan Miró (1893 - 1983, Catalan)
  • Creation Year
    1975
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.5 in. (59.69 cm)Width: 23 in. (58.42 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 13820g1stDibs: LU60536206802

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About the Artist

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.”

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