Monday, 17 December 2018

Joan Miró - part 22

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art and Romanesque church frescoes of his native Catalan region in Spain to 17th-century Dutch realism were eventually superseded by more contemporary ones: Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism captivated the young artist, who had relocated to Paris in 1921.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 - 21 also.




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



1976 Tribute to the Nobel Prize
colour lithograph 75.5 x 56 cm

1976 Woman and Bird in Front of the Sun
oil on cardboard ( hatbox ) 106 x 115.5 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1976 Woman in Front of the Moon
oil on cardboard, ( hatbox ) 79 x 105 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1976 Woman, Birds
oil and gouache on cardboard 65 x 50 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1976 Woman, Birds
watercolour, pastel and wax crayon on paper 65 x 50 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1977 42, Rue Blomet
colour lithograph on white wove paper 90 x 62.8 cm
 Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1977 Dog
India ink, pencil, charcoal pencil and pastel on cardboard 27,3 x 48.5 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1977 Femme et oiseau sous la lune
oil on corrugated cardboard 45 x 42 cm

1977 Femme, Echelle de L'Evasion
mixed media on paper 33 x 25 cm

1977 Figure
India ink and wax crayon on paper 90.5 x 63.8 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1977 Gymnast
bronze 102 x 92 x 86 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1977 Landscape
oil on canvas 26.7 x 21.5 cm

1977 Painting
house paint and rope on corrugated cardboard mounted on wood 130 x 90 cm

1977 Poster for Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience Year
colour lithograph on heavy wove paper 71 x 48 cm

1977 The Egyptian
colour etching, aquatint and cut out shapes 121.5 x 85 cm

1977 Untitled
grattage* on paper 24 x 14.3 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1977 Untitled
grattage* on paper 24 x 15 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

* Grattage is a surrealist painting technique that involves laying a canvas prepared with a layer of oil paint over a textured object and then scraping the paint off to create an interesting and unexpected surface.

1977 Untitled
 pencil and wax crayon on cardboard 24 x 17 cm

1977 Woman, Bird, Stars
pencil, charcoal pencil, wax crayon and gouache on cardboard 27.2 x 48.3 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona


1977 Woman, Bird, Stars
pencil, charcoal pencil, wax crayon and gouache on cardboard 27.2 x 48.3 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Birds Encircling the Star of Hope
acrylic on canvas 73 x 60 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Composition T
colour lithograph 50.1 x 65.7 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1978 Figure, Birds
India ink and wax crayon on card 86.3 x 68.5 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Figures and Birds with a Dog
acrylic on canvas 73 x 92 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Invitation Card for the Preview of the Exhibition Miró
colour lithograph on Arches paper 36.5 x 51.6 cm

1978 Mambo
colour wash, etching and aquatint on Arches paper 138.5 x 96.6 cm

1978 Miró-Painting
colour lithograph 70 x 51 cm

1978 Poster for Joan Miró, Galerie Maeght
colour lithograph

1978 The Little Stringbean
colour lithograph on white wove paper 36.5 c 34.5 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1978 The Sergeant
colour etching and aquatint 106 x 75 cm

1978 Tres Joan
colour etching and aquatint on wove paper 63.5 x 111.8 cm

1978 Woman
acrylic and oil on canvas 130 x 97 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Woman
acrylic on canvas 92 x 73 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Woman
enamelled stoneware 160 x 90 x 91 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Woman
enamelled stoneware 163 x 87 x 83 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Woman
enamelled stoneware 168 x 81 x 82 cm
 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Woman, Bird
acrylic on canvas 81 x 65 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Woman, Bird, Star
acrylic and oil on canvas 116 x 89 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1978 Woman, Star
oil on canvas 35 x 22 cm

1978 Album 21:


1978 Album 21
colour lithograph 65 x 49.2 cm

1978 Album 21
 colour lithograph o Arches paper 64.9 x 49.7 cm

1978 Plate 3 from Album 21
colour lithograph 50 x 65.5 cm

1978 Plate 9 from Album 21
colour lithograph on Arches paper 65.7 x 50.2 cm

1978 Plate 10 from Album 21
colour lithograph 65.5 x 50 cm

1978 Plate 15 from Album 21
colour lithograph on Arches paper 50.2 x 65.7 cm

1978 Plate 18 from Album 21
colour lithograph 50 x 65.5 cm

1978 Plate 19 from Album 21
colour lithograph 52 x 67 cm

1979-81 Miro's Chicago

In 1969 the Bruswick Corporation commissioned a design from Miró for this sculpture, but they decided not to proceed due to the costs. In 1979 the first female Mayor of Chicago, Jane Byrne agreed to find funds for the sculpture assuming that another 50% could be found elsewhere. After the commitment of several institutions, foundations and individuals, construction began with Miró reducing the cost by donating his design to the city and the names of the contributors included in the specification. The City of Chicago contributed $250,000 and the majority funding came from the other donors.


1979-81 Miro's Chicago ( originally The Sun, the Moon and One Star )
steel, wire mesh, concrete, bronze, and ceramic tile 12m high 


1980 Artificial Harlequin
colour lithograph on Arches paper

1980 Incisiva
colour lithograph on vellum paper 231.1 x 160 cm

1980 Pair of Lovers Playing with Almond Blossoms
polyester resin 11 x 12m
La Defense, Paris