Joan Miro, Woman, Birds, Star (Femme, Oiseaux, Etoile)
Signed Joan Miro, Lithograph, Woman, Birds, Star (Femme, Oiseaux, Etoile)
|Artist:||Miro, Joan (1893 - 1983)|
|Title:||Woman, Birds, Star (Femme, Oiseaux, Etoile)|
Original Color Lithograph with Pochoir Hand Coloring
|Image Size:||23 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in (59.7 cm x 47 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||29 in x 21 1/2 in (73.7 cm x 54.6 cm)|
|Framed Size:||44 1/2 in x 38 1/8 in (113 cm x 96.8 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Edition:||Numbered 180/300 in pencil in the lower left margin.|
|Condition:||Magnificent large work, rich and fresh colors with pochoir, excellent condition.|
Exhibiting the artist's wonderfully detailed surrealist imagery, this work expresses a spirit of freedom and originality. Full of bright hues and contrasting tones with painterly applications of color, particularly noticeable in areas with pochoir hand coloring, this work is a dazzling display of the artist's mastery of composition and technique.
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Derived from Miró's 1949 oil painting, this original color lithograph with pochoir hand coloring is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered 180/300 in pencil in the lower left margin, this piece is also remarkable for the pochoir hand coloring evident throughout the work. The pochoir coloring is most vivid in large areas of ruby red and crisp white that circulate throughout the lithograph, adding a further layer of depth and beauty to the work.
Designed with lyrical lines and playful characters, this work illustrates the artist's expressive use of color and line. Curious figures emerge from seemingly arbitrary lines and colorful shapes. A vibrant green eye reveals the female shape that Miró alludes to in the title. The background of earthy ochre and mauve allows the linear and solid figures to stand out in strong contrast, and creates a textural and tactile experience.
Miró scholar Jacques Dupin discusses the works from this period: "The spirit does not, to him, exist alone or prior to things. It emanates from them. What expresses it on the canvas, its vehicle - the play of line and color, the plastic values and rhythm - must similarly emanate from a progressive animation of the materials, from the living, emotionally inspiring substance that is the ground Actually these paintings constitute (though this has never been said before) one of the most important 'series' in this artist's work." (Dupin 393)
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Dupin, Jacques, Joan Miró, Life and Work. The original painting is listed as catalogue no. 732 on pg 416.
2. Dupin, Jacques and Ariane Lelong-Mainaud, Joan Miró Catalogue raisonné. Paintings, Vol III: 1942-1955, 2001. The original painting is listed as catalogue no. 836 on pg 139.
3. 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.