Joan Miro, Ubu Roi (King Ubu) from Suites pour Ubu Roi, 1966
Signed Joan Miro, Lithograph, Ubu Roi (King Ubu) from Suites pour Ubu Roi, 1966
|Artist:||Miro, Joan (1893 - 1983)|
|Title:||Ubu Roi (King Ubu) from Suites pour Ubu Roi, 1966|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||25 1/8 in x 16 3/8 in (63.8 cm x 41.5 cm)|
|Framed Size:||44 1/2 in x 37 in (113 cm x 94 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left margin; included in a series of 13 original color lithographs for the text, Suites pour Ubu Roi.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition, with bold, saturated color throughout the sheet|
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Miró's unusual color choices are particularly salient in this work, as startling pinks, soft oranges, and mint greens, burst forth onto the surface. These represent an aberration for the master engraver whose palette did not usually stray from the primary colors. Then again, the subject matter itself is a departure from all that is usual and sane.
Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) the notoriously unconventional playwright, and forerunner of the "Theater of the Absurd" movement wrote Ubu Roi as a surrealist interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Ubu Roi's plot mimics that of Macbeth as we watch Pere Ubu murder a royal family, ascend to power, and flee into exile. Despite similarities to Shakespeare, it is the rapid tempo of Jarry's play with characters that move very quickly through their thoughts and actions that creates an unprecedented atmosphere of fantasy and mania.
Created in 1966, this color lithograph is one of 13 lithographs printed in colors, signed and numbered out of an edition of 75, and part of the illustrated book, Suites Pour Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry.This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left margin. This work was printed by Mourlot, Paris and published by Tériade, Paris in 1966.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Cramer, Patrick. Joan Miró, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné, Patrick Cramer: Geneva, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 108 on pgs. 280 and 281.
2. Maeght Éditeur. Joan Miró Lithographs, Volume III 1964-1969. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 397 on pg. 89 and detailed on pg. 87.
3. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Miró L'uvre Graphique, Foundation Gulbenkian: Lisbonne, 1974. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 473 on pg. 121.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
|Style:||Surrealism, 20th Century Modern Surrealist Spanish Master|
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Biography of Joan Miro
Joan Miró Ferra was born April 20, 1893, in Barcelona. At the age of 14, he went to business school in Barcelona and also attended La Lonja’s Escuela Superior de Artes Industriales y Bellas Artes in the same city. Upon completing three years of art studies, he took a position as a clerk. After suffering a nervous breakdown, he abandoned business and resumed his art studies, attending Francesc Galí’s Escola d’Art in Barcelona from 1912 to 1915. Miró received early encouragement from the dealer José Dalmau, who gave him his first solo show at his gallery in Barcelona in 1918. In 1917, he met Francis Picabia.
In 1920, Miró made his first trip to Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso. From this time, Miró divided his time between Paris and Montroig, Spain. In Paris, he associated with the poets Max Jacob, Pierre Reverdy, and Tristan Tzara and participated in Dada activities. Dalmau organized Miró’s first solo show in Paris, at the Galerie la Licorne in 1921. His work was included in the Salon d’Automne of 1923. In 1924, Miró joined the Surrealist group. His solo show at the Galerie Pierre, Paris, in 1925 was a major Surrealist event; Miró was included in the first Surrealist exhibition at the Galerie Pierre that same year. He visited the Netherlands in 1928 and began a series of paintings inspired by Dutch masters. This year he also executed his first papiers collés and collages. In 1929, he started his experiments in lithography. Miro's first etchings date from 1933. During the early 1930s, he made Surrealist sculptures incorporating painted stones and found objects. In 1936, Miró left Spain because of the civil war; he returned in 1941. Also in 1936, Miró was included in the exhibitions Cubism and Abstract Art and Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The following year, he was commissioned to create a monumental work for the Paris World’s Fair.
Miró’s first major museum retrospective was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1941. That year, Miró began working in ceramics with Josep Lloréns y Artigas and started to concentrate on prints; from 1954 to 1958, he worked almost exclusively in Miro prints and ceramics. He received the Grand Prize for Graphic Work at the Venice Biennale in 1954, and his work was included in the first Documenta exhibition in Kassel the following year. In 1958, he was given a Guggenheim International Award for murals for the UNESCO building in Paris. The following year, he resumed painting, initiating a series of mural-sized canvases. During the 1960s, he began to work intensively in sculpture. Miró retrospectives took place at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in 1962, and the Grand Palais, Paris, in 1974. He also worked with carborundum around this time. In 1978, the Musée National d’Art Moderne exhibited over 500 works in a major retrospective of Miro original drawings. Joan Miro died December 25, 1983, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Joan Miro prints and unique original works are commonly seen in museums and art galleries in USA and Europe.
Joan Miró created a large wool and hemp tapestry titled "The World Trade Center Tapestry" that adorned the lobby of 2 World Trade Center. It was destroyed by the collapse of the tower on September 11, 2001. ¹
¹ Lives and Treasures Taken. Library of Congress.