Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Joan Miró - part 8

Joan Miró (1893 Barcelona, Spain – 1983 Palma de Mallorca, Spain).
Early in his career, Miró primarily painted still-lifes, landscapes, and genre scenes. Influences ranging from the folk art and Romanesque church frescoes of his native Catalan region in Spain to 17th-century Dutch realism were eventually superseded by more contemporary ones: Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism captivated the young artist, who had relocated to Paris in 1921. His exposure to the ideas of André Breton and Breton's Surrealist circle prompted Miró to make radical changes to his style, although the artist cannot be said to have identified consistently with a single school. Rather, his artistic career may be characterised as one of persistent experimentation and a lifelong flirtation with non-objectivity. Miró's signature biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, and semi-abstracted objects are expressed in multiple media, from ceramics and engravings to large bronze installations.

For a full biography of Miró see part 1. For earlier works, see parts 1 - 7 also.




Note: All Miro works © 2018 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


1953 Untitled
colour lithograph 31.8 x 49.5 cm

1953-54 Composition
etching and aquatint inked a la poupée on ivory wove paper 37.8 x 45 cm ( plate )
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1953c Nocturne
colour lithograph 38 x 140 cm

1954 L' aube parfumée par la pluie d'or
( Dawn Perfumed by a Shower of Gold )
 watercolour and plaster on composition board 107.9 x 54.3 cm
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

1954 Painting
oil on canvas 46 x 38 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1954 Project for a Monument
bell, iron, porcelain hook, oil and grease pencil on cement 53.3 x 13.2 x 15 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1954 Project for a monument
cement, bronze and copper 55 x 12.5 x 13 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1954 Project for a Monument
iron, leather, gouache and grease pencil on cement 39.8 x 18.3 x 17.8 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1954 Project for a Monument
stone, bone, gouache, oil, porcelain hook on iron 46 x 23.5 x 17.3 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1954 The Coffee Grinder
colour etching and aquatint 76.2 x 63.5 cm

1954 The Half-Open Sky Gives us Hope
oil on canvas 130 x 195 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1955 Chien enragé par une nuit de lune hantée par les amours des oiseaux
oil on paper laid down on cardboard 21.3 x 26.3 cm

1955 Palotin Giron
lithograph on Arches paper 107.3 x 88.9 cm

1955 Stone
earthenware 82.7 x 41 x 12.7 cm
Art institute of Chicago, IL

1956 Air
colour lithograph 38.1 x 55.9 cm


1956 Derrière le Miroir No.87-89
colour lithograph 38 x 28 cm

1956 Double-sided Monolith
stoneware and enamel 79.5 x 50 x 6.5 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1956 Joan Miró by Jacques Prévert cover
colour lithograph 23 x 20.3

1956 Terres de Grand Feu 
Terres de Grand Feu was created to celebrate a three-month exhibition at the Galerie Maeght, Paris, of ceramics by Miró and Llorens Artigas in the Gallifa studio between 1950 and 1956. Thraslating roughly to "land of of great fire," the title evokes the ceramic medium and hot belly of the kiln that produces it.

1956 Poster for Joan Miro, Galerie Maeght
colour lithograph 75 x 53 cm

1956 Terres de Grand Feu ( Land of Great Fire )
colour lithograph on Arches paper 74.6 x 50.8 cm

1956 The Birds
colour lithograph on Arches paper 56.8 x 76.2 cm

1956 Untitled ( Head )
glazed and fired ceramic, and iron 45.1 x 16.5 x 27.9 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1956 Woman at the Mirror
colour lithograph on wove paper 37.2 x 55 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1956 Xephyr Bird
colour lithograph 38 x 56 cm

1956c Three Circles
colour lithograph 33.6 x 74.1 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1957 Figure on a Blue Background
colour lithograph 31,4 x 24.3 cm


1957 Jewel of the Dawn No.6.
colour etching with aquatint on wove paper laid down on cardboard 13.9 x 11.2 cm ( plate )

1957 Poster for exhibition at the Galerie Matarasso, Nice
colour lithograph 62.9 x 47.9 cm

1956 Bagatelle Végétales
published by Jean Aubier, Paris 267 copies on vellum of Marais:




1956 Bagatelle Végétales
collage, gouache and ink wash 28 x 20 cm

1956 Frontispiece from Bagatelle Végétales
colour aquatint with hand-coloured red dot 23.5 x 18 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1956 Compostion from Bagatelle Végétales
gouache and brush and ink on overlapping sheets of burned paper 23.4 x 16.4 cm

1956 Untitled Abstract from Bagatelle Végétales
colour aquatint 23.5 x 18 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1956 Untitled from Bagatelle Végétales
 colour aquatint 23.5 x 18 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1956 Untitled
colour aquatint 23.5 x 18 cm
 de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1956 Untitled from Bagatelle Végétales
colour aquatint 23.5 x 18 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1956 Bagatelle Végétales
 India ink, gouache and pastel on paper 23.2 x 36.8 cm

1957-58 La Bague d'Aurore (The Ring of Dawn) by René Crevel.
Published in 1957 by Louis Broder, Paris, total edition of 130.





Title Page
colour etching

Frontispiece


Frontispiece
colour engraving on Rives vellum paper 16.5 x 13.5 cm


colour etching 37.1 x 27 cm

colour etching and aquatint 14 x 11.4 cm

colour etching and aquatint on Rives paper 14 x 11.5 cm

colour etching and aquatint on Rives paper 28 x 38 cm


hand-coloured etching on Rives wove paper 38 x 28 cm





colour engraving on Rives vellum paper 16.5 x 13.5 cm





colour engraving on Rives vellum paper 16.5 x 13.5 cm

colour engraving on Rives vellum paper 16.5 x 13.5 cm

etching with hand-colouring 13.3 x 11.1 cm

colour engraving on Rives vellum paper 16.5 x 13.5 cm

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1958 A Woman
colour lithograph on Arches paper 64.7 x 47.6 cm

1958 Composition
colour woodcut on white wove paper 51 x 66 cm

1958 In Any Event
colour woodcut 52 x 38 cm

1958 L'Étrangère
colour lithograph 66.5 x 51.1 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA