Joan Miro, Quelques fleurs pour des amis (Some flowers for friends), 1964
Signed Joan Miro, Lithograph, Quelques fleurs pour des amis (Some flowers for friends), 1964
|Artist:||Miro, Joan (1893 - 1983)|
|Title:||Quelques fleurs pour des amis (Some flowers for friends), 1964|
|Image Size:||16 1/8 in x 12 3/4 in (41 cm x 32.4 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||16 1/8 in x 12 3/4 in (41 cm x 32.4 cm)|
|Framed Size:||33 3/4 in x 30 1/4 in (85.7 cm x 76.8 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Edition:||Numbered 3/75 in pencil in the lower left margin (from the edition of 75); published by XXe Siècle and printed by Mourlot.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
From the album Quelques fleurs pour des amis (Some Flowers for Friends), this engaging piece stands out from other works in the series. Noteworthy for its absence of bold coloration, the black, white, and grey hues shroud this image with a sense of mystery. We are encouraged to focus on the formation and line work rather than bright splotches of color, as the somewhat foggy effect keeps us interested as we constantly search for further imagery within this striking work.
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Against a speckled charcoal grey background, an intriguing figure emerges. Though part of the album Quelques fleurs pour des amis (Some flowers for friends), this particular piece varies from others in the album. The composition is not sparse but rather fills the page while black, white, and grey are used in place of the primary colors, encouraging the viewer to focus on the formations and line work rather than bright splotches of color. The viewer can just make out a looming figure with black eyes and antennae, appearing as if clouded in a grey fog. This work relays a sense of both mystery and beauty while still exemplifying Miró's signature abstract style.
Created in 1964, this original lithograph is one of five lithographs from the album Quelques fleurs pour des amis (Some flowers for friends).This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered 3/75 (from the edition of 75) in pencil in the lower left margin. This work is published by XXe Siècle and printed by Mourlot.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Cramer, Patrick, Joan Miró, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 92 on pgs. 246 - 247.
2. Maeght Éditeur, Joan Miró Lithographe Vol. III 1964-1969. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 408 on pgs. 50-52.
3. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Miró - l'uvre graphique, Paris, 1974. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 463 on pg. 118.
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.