Joan Miro, Flux de l'aimant (The Magnet's Flow), 1964
Signed Joan Miro, Etching Aquatint, Flux de l'aimant (The Magnet's Flow), 1964
|Artist:||Miro, Joan (1893 - 1983)|
|Title:||Flux de l'aimant (The Magnet's Flow), 1964|
Original dry-point etching with color aquatint
|Image Size:||23 in x 19 in (58.4 cm x 48.3 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||23 in x 19 in (58.4 cm x 48.3 cm)|
|Framed Size:||28 in x 24 in (71.1cm x 61cm)|
|Signed:||This work is initialed 'M' by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right.|
|Edition:||Numbered 41/75 in pencil in lower left corner. One of 12 dry-point etchings with color aquatint in the series of 17 images. Printed on Rives vellum. Published by Maeght, Levallois-Perret.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition; a wonderful impression with bold, black lines and bright color. Nice edges on paper.|
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|This image is a simple yet beautiful example of Miró's continued experimentation
with dry-point etching over his career. Created by the artist to accompany a
text about his artistic methods by the poet René Char, Flux de l'aimant
(The Magnet's Flow) consists of 17 dry-point etchings, 12 of which are colored
with aquatint. The title could suggest similarities between the effect of electricity
on magnetic fields and that of a work of art on the viewer. This dry-point depicts
four linear, playful creatures in a style typical of Miró's later work;
torsos, tails and limbs overlap in an image at once layered and transparent.
The chalklike orb of teal aquatint floats behind and inside the standing central
figure while a spiked star glows blackest black to the right. Other pages from
this album show the same image, in plain black with minor adjustments, and splattered
with a Pollock-like application of yellow aquatint.
When comparing Flux with Daphnis and Chloé (1933), Miró's first dry-point etching, the artistic development responsible for its creation becomes apparent. The simplified faces and quirky animals in Daphnis and Chloé are replaced with near abstraction in our print. Ocean and horizon from the artist's first print fade away, and only a black star and blue sun (or is it a moon?) remain.
Created in 1964, this work is numbered 41/75 in pencil and hand-signed by Miró with his initial 'M.' It was printed on Rives vellum at Maeght in Levallois-Perret, just outside of Paris.
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|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.