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Joan Miro Lithograph I (M.857)

Joan Miro Lithograph I (M.857), 1972 by Joan Miro is an original lithograph on Arches paper.  It is signed in the lower right, and annotated “epreuve d’artiste” in the lower left in pencil. M.857.

Miró’s art never became fully non-objective. Rather than resorting to complete abstraction, the artist devoted his career to exploring various means by which to dismantle traditional precepts of representation. Miró’s radical, inventive style was a critical contributor in the early-20th-century avant-garde journey toward increasing and then complete abstraction. Miró balanced the kind of spontaneity and automatism encouraged by the Surrealists with meticulous planning and rendering to achieve finished works that, because of their precision, seemed plausibly representational despite their considerable level of abstraction. Miró often worked with a limited palette, yet the colors he used were bold and expressive. His chromatic explorations, which emphasized the potential of fields of unblended color to respond to one another, provided inspiration for a generation of Color Field painters.
Title

Joan Miro Lithograph I (M.857)

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1972

Edition

Epreuve d’Artiste

Signature

Signed, annotated

Size 18 x 15 (in)
46 x 38 (cm)
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Joan Miro Lithograph I (M.857), 1972 by Joan Miro is an original lithograph on Arches paper.  It is signed in the lower right, and annotated “epreuve d’artiste” in the lower left in pencil. M.857.

Miró’s art never became fully non-objective. Rather than resorting to complete abstraction, the artist devoted his career to exploring various means by which to dismantle traditional precepts of representation. Miró’s radical, inventive style was a critical contributor in the early-20th-century avant-garde journey toward increasing and then complete abstraction. Miró balanced the kind of spontaneity and automatism encouraged by the Surrealists with meticulous planning and rendering to achieve finished works that, because of their precision, seemed plausibly representational despite their considerable level of abstraction. Miró often worked with a limited palette, yet the colors he used were bold and expressive. His chromatic explorations, which emphasized the potential of fields of unblended color to respond to one another, provided inspiration for a generation of Color Field painters.

Miró initially went to business school as well as art school. He began his working career when he was a teenager as a clerk, although he abandoned the business world completely for art after suffering a nervous breakdown.[14] His early art, like that of the similarly influenced Fauves and Cubists, was inspired by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. The resemblance of Miró’s work to that of the intermediate generation of the avant-garde has led scholars to dub this period his Catalan Fauvist period.[15]

A few years after Miró’s 1918 Barcelona solo exhibition,[7] he settled in Paris where he finished a number of paintings that he had begun on his parents’ summer home and farm in Mont-roig del Camp. One such painting, The Farm, showed a transition to a more individual style of painting and certain nationalistic qualities. Ernest Hemingway, who later purchased the piece, compared the artistic accomplishment to James Joyce’s Ulysses and described it by saying, “It has in it all that you feel about Spain when you are there and all that you feel when you are away and cannot go there. No one else has been able to paint these two very opposing things.”[16] Miró annually returned to Mont-roig and developed a symbolism and nationalism that would stick with him throughout his career. Two of Miró’s first works classified as Surrealist, Catalan Landscape (The Hunter) and The Tilled Field,[17] employ the symbolic language that was to dominate the art of the next decade.[18]

Joan Miro Lithograph I (M.857), 1972 by Joan Miro

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Title

Joan Miro Lithograph I (M.857)

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1972

Edition

Epreuve d’Artiste

Signature

Signed, annotated

Size 18 x 15 (in)
46 x 38 (cm)
Price Price on Request