Joan Miro, Le Chien Bleu (The Blue Dog), 1959
Signed Joan Miro, Etching Aquatint, Le Chien Bleu (The Blue Dog), 1959
|Artist:||Miro, Joan (1893 - 1983), After|
|Title:||Le Chien Bleu (The Blue Dog), 1959|
Original Color Etching and Aquatint
|Image Size:||24 1/4 in x 18 3/4 in (61.6 cm x 47.63 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||29 3/4 in x 24 1/2 in (75.6 cm x 62.23 cm)|
|Framed Size:||45 1/2 in x 38 3/4 in (115.6 cm x 98.4 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Edition:||Numbered 97/300 in pencil in the lower left margin.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition, the colors are bold and bright.|
An exquisite example of Miró's unique surrealistic style, this fanciful print combines graceful lines, vibrant colors, and illusory forms to create an image that captures Miró's imaginative spirit. The hazy background contributes to the overall dreamlike state of this fascinating print.
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Exhibiting Miró'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, this work is a dazzling display of his mastery of skill and technique. Designed with lyrical lines and playful characters, this work illustrates the artist's free expression with a wonderful array of colors. A vibrant blue crescent moon sits in the upper right, with a variety of figures in black with accents of red, blue, green and yellow.
The background of earthy ochre and yellow allows the linear and solid figures to stand out in strong contrast, and creates a textural and tactile experience. Jacques Dupin discussed the original paintings from this time 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)
This original color etching and aquatint was created after an untitled painting by Miró, which was originally created in 1949. This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin and is numbered 97/300 in pencil in the lower left margin. This work was printed by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris and published by Maeght, Paris.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1.Dupin, Jacques, Joan Miró, Life and Work. The original painting is
listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 725 on pg 555.
2.Dupin, Jacques and Ariane Lelong-Mainaud, Joan Miró Catalogue raisonné.
Paintings, Vol III: 1942-1955, 2001. The original painting is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 827
on pg 133.
3.Eaux-fortes et Lithographies Originales, Numérotées et Signées - Estampes à Tirage Limité. Maeght Editeur, 1959. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1714 on pg. 97.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
|Style:||20th Century Modern Master, Surrealism|
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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.