Joan Miró, Bethsabée, 1972

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Bethsabée, 1972
Reference:Dupin 556
Medium:Color Etching and Aquatint
Image Size:26 1/2 in x 21 in (67.3 x 53.3 cm)
Sheet Size:40 in x 25 in (101.6 x 63.5 cm)
Framed Size:46 3/8 in x 37 ¼ in (117.7 cm x 94.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition 50 in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (1893-1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition
ID #w-4092

Historical Description

Depicting a bold and colorful image with a variety of textural qualities, this work captures the viewer's attention through the use of dark saturated hues in strong contrast with the bright white background. Intensely executed with painterly strokes of color, the abstract quality of the image leaves the subject up to the viewer's imagination. A bold dark black figure occupies the central area in this work, with an interior of deep red washes. The accents of gold across the middle, green in the lower left, and blue in the upper middle of the figure, attach to the dark figure like ornamental details. A splatter of grey in the upper right adds texture and tone, which contrasts with the remaining imagery of the piece-giving the work a sense of controlled chaos.

Created in 1972, this color etching and aquatint was published by Maeght éditeur Paris and printed by Morsang, Paris. Signed by Miró in pencil in the lower right.

1. Dupin, Jacques. Joan Miró Engravings, Vol. II, Maeght Editeur: Paris, 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 556 on pg. 197.

About the Framing:
Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in an ornate gold leaf frame. The sculptural elements of the moulding compliment the lyrical and loose linear quality of this piece. The bright tone of the framing accentuates the vibrant hues in the image. Completed with cream silk wrapped mattes and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.