Joan Miro, Poster for the film 'Umbracle,' 1973
Signed Joan Miro, Lithograph, Poster for the film 'Umbracle,' 1973
|Artist:||Miro, Joan (1893 - 1983)|
|Title:||Poster for the film 'Umbracle,' 1973|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||24 7/16 in x 20 1/3 in (62 cm x 51.5 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||24 7/16 in x 20 1/3 in (62 cm x 51.5 cm)|
|Framed Size:||42 in x 36 1/2 in (106.7 cm x 92.7 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right; also signed in the stone 'Miró' in black in the left of the image.|
|Edition:||Artist's proof aside from the edition of 50 (there was also the poster edition of 500) annotated 'H.C' (hors d'commerce or artist's proof) in pencil in the lower left. Published by Sala Gaspar, Barcelona and printed by Puresa, Barcelona.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
This lively work was originally created as a movie poster for the film Umbracle, an experimental feature film by Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella. Notable is the way in which Miró addresses the movie title as his subject, each letter vibrating with energy and conveyed through Miró's frenetic strokes.
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This lively work was originally created as a movie poster for the film Umbracle, an experimental feature film by Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella. Bold colors, lively imagery, and vivid spontaneity are standard to Miró's iconic works, and this piece is no exception.
Miró focuses on the title of the film, spelling out the title in letters that appear to buzz with animation. He utilizes swirling lines that surround the letters to create this sense of energy. He frames the title writing in his trademark fanciful forms such as asterisks, eyes, and arrows that add a splash of color in green, blue, yellow, and red. This original color lithograph was printed before the additional movie credit lettering seen on the poster, allowing the viewer to focus on Miro's whimsical depiction of the title Umbracle.
Created in 1973, this original color lithograph is hand-signed in the lower right in pencil by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) and also signed in the stone 'Miró' in black in the left of the image . This work is an artist's proof aside from the edition of 50 (there was also the poster edition of 500) annotated 'H.C' (hors d'commerce or artist's proof) in pencil in the lower left. This work was published by Sala Gaspar, Barcelona and printed by Puresa, Barcelona.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Maeght Éditeur, Joan Miró Lithographe Vol. V 1972-1975. The poster edition is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 922 on pg. 59.
2. 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.