Friday, 9 November 2018

Joan Miró - part 6

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art and Romanesque church frescoes of his native Catalan region in Spain to 17th-century Dutch realism were eventually superseded by more contemporary ones: Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism captivated the young artist, who had relocated to Paris in 1921.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 - 5 also.

1936 Joan Miró, Paris, by Albert Eugene Gallatin

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

1948-50 Parler Seul
published by Galerie Maeght

72 original lithographs by Miró, including 49 in colour, of which 18 are hors-texte. Folio, lithographed chemise, slipcase, and wrappers (not all shown here).

Slip case

Slip case


colour lithograph on Malacca Pur Chiffon paper 38.2 x 29.5 cm

Title page

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1950 Figure and Stars
colour lithograph on white wove paper 65 x 50.1 cm

1950 Figure with Reddish-orange Sun
colour lithograph 69.1 x 49.1 cm

1950 Figures and Animals
colour lithograph on white wove paper 76 x 56.6 cm

1950 Figures in the Night
oil on canvas
Private Collection

1950 Head
bronze 35 x 22 x 18.5 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1950c Composition, Le Lézard aux plumes d'or
gouache, India ink, pastel and collage of photos of sculptures on paper

1951 Comet Bird
colour lithograph on Pur Fil Marais wove paper 76.5 x 56.5 cm

1951 Figures in the Garden
colour lithograph 50.4 x 65.2 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1951 On Four Walls
colour lithograph ( folded to appear in issue of Derrière le Miroir 1952  ) 25.8 x 79.5

1952 Barbarian Object
construction; oil, paper, string, sponge and metal on artists palette and wedges 35.5 x 22 x 5.8 cm
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1952 Dog Barking at the Moon from the series "Book Edition"
colour lithograph 35.6 x 73.3 cm

1952 The Rocket-Bird Aims for the Fork Cascading Down Toward the Black Point
colour etching and aquatint with hand-applied paint ( pochoir ) 50.1 x 60.9 cm

1952 The Sun Embracing the Lover
oil on canvas 22 x 16 cm
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland

1952-53 Series I
colour etching and aquatint with engraving on Arches paper 48.5 x 58.4 cm

1952 Series II
colour etching and aquatint on Arches wove paper 50.5 x 65.5 cm

1952 Series II
etching on paper 37.7 x 45.5 cm
 Tate, London

1952-53 Series III
etching and aquatint on Arches paper 24.7 x 32 cm
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, UK

1953 Astrology I
colour lithograph 40 x 26.5 cm

1953 Astrology II
colour lithograph 38 x 28 cm

1953 Astrology III
colour lithograph 40 x 28.9 cm

1953 Composition from Series III
colour aquatint on white wove paper 24.4 x 31.6 cm 

1953 Day
colour lithograph 38 x 28 cm

1953 Derriere le Miroir
colour lithograph 28.6 x 21.5 cm

1953 Derrière le Miroir No.57/58/59
colour lithograph 38 x 28 cm

1953 Derrière le Miroir No.57/58/59
lithograph 38 x 56 cm

1953 La Main
soft ground etching and aquatint in colour on ivory wove paper 35.3 x 48.2 cm ( plate )

1953 Night
colour lithograph on wove paper 39.1 x 28.1 cm

1966 Lunar Bird
bronze 207 x 204.9 x 147.8 cm
Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1966 Solar Bird in Balboa Park, San Diego Museum of Art, CA

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