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Joan Miró: Devotion to Printmaking

Joan Miró: Devotion to Printmaking

Joan Miró

Joan Miró is renowned as one of the greatest Spanish artists of the 20th Century and he was particularly passionate about printmaking, pursuing the artistic process to the end of his days.
We have selected several etchings and aquatints from the modern master alongside powerful lithographs and an example of hand colouring to heighten the printed medium. They represent works across several decades of printmaking.
From the 1940s through to the 1980s, Miró collaborated with some of the finest and most respected print making studios in France and Spain.
These include the Parisian ateliers of Fernand Mourlot and Aime Maeght as well as J. J. Toralba and Poligrafa Obra Grafica in Barcelona.
Of particular note is the use of carborundum, which is a defining feature of Miró’s work in intaglio from the 1960s onward, where he initially encountered the technique working alongside Robert Dutrou.
Joan Miró’s ceaseless pursuit of printmaking inspired a second wave of Spanish artists to explore this malleable medium."

Image Credit:

Joan Miró, Mark on the Wall, 1967

Joan Miró

Composition II, from: Series IV

1952/53

Paper size: 32.5 x 50.5 cm. / 12.8 x 19.9 in

Technique: Original Hand Signed Etching in Colours on Arches Wove Paper.

$8000

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Joan Miró

Mark on the Wall I

1967

Paper size: 72.4 x 104.5 cm. / 20.5 x 41.2 in.

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Etching with Aquatint in Colours and Carborundum on Mandeure Rag Paper

$26000

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Joan Miró

Arrow Head

1968

Paper size: 66 x 50 cm. / 26 x 19.7 in.

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered 
Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum on Arches Wove Paper

$10000

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Joan Miró

Composition IX, from: The Essences of the Earth

1968

Paper size: 49.5 x 36 cm. / 19.4 x 13.9 in.

Technique: Unique Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph with Hand-colouring on Japon Nacré Paper

$16000

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Joan Miró, Saturnalian Insects, 1975

Joan Miró

The Grandmother before the Sea

1969

Paper Size: 98.7 x 59.6 cm / 38.9 x 23.5 in

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum on Arches Wove Paper.

$30000

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Joan Miró

The Night Guardian

1971

Paper size: 123.5 x 91.6 cm. / 48.6 x 36 in.

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Dedicated Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

$18000

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Joan Mirò, Mark on the Wall, 1967

Joan Miró

Composition XIII, from: Barcelona

1972/73

Paper size: 170 x 70 cm. / 67 x 27.6 in.

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered
Etching and Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum 
on Guarro Wove Paper

$35000

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Joan Miró

Saturnalian Insects

1975

Paper size: 92 x 63.5 cm. / 36.2 x 25 in.

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Etching and Aquatint in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

$13000

Joan Miró

Composition I, from: Gaudì

1979

Paper size: 75.9 x 44.5 cm / 29.9 x 17.5 in.

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered
Etching and Aquatint in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

$19000

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Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893, but the emotional landscapes that shaped him as a person and an artist were principally those of Mont-roig, Paris, and Majorca, and later those of New York and Japan. The small town of Mont-roig in the Baix Camp region of Catalonia was a counterpoint to the intellectual ferment of his life with the surrealist poets in 1920s Paris, and to the stimulus of discovering Abstract Expressionism in New York in the forties. Some time later, in the midst of World War II, Joan Miró returned from exile in France and settled in Palma de Mallorca, which became his refuge and workplace and where his friend Josep Lluís Sert designed the studio of his dreams.

Miró’s attachment to the landscape of Mont-roig first and then Majorca was crucial in his work. His connection to the land and his interest in everyday objects and in the natural environment formed the backdrop to some of his technical and formal research. Miró avoided academicism in his constant quest for a pure, global art that could not be classified under any specific movement. Self-contained in his manners and public expressions, it is through art that Joan Miró showed his rebelliousness and a strong sensitivity to the political and social events around him. These conflicting forces led him to create a unique and extremely personal language that makes him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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