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Joan Miró, Composition from L'issue dérobée, 1974

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Composition from L'issue dérobée, 1974
Reference:Dupin 708
Medium:Original Color Etching & Aquatint on Arches Wove Paper
Image:19 7/8 in x 13 in (50.5 cm x 33 cm)
Sheet:19 7/8 in x 13 in (50.5 cm x 33 cm)
Framed:Approx. 30 in x 23 in (76.2 cm x 58.4 cm)
Edition:This work is numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin; aside from the numbered edition of 150 and several artist's proofs.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in very good condition with bright colors.
ID #w-4053

Historical Description

Simply weigh Patrick Cramer's catalogue of Miró's illustrated books in your hand and the artist's prolific output becomes clear. Dating to a particularly fruitful period near the end of his life, this print bears comparison to his contemporary large-scale paintings and ceramic murals. This artist's status as a master is based in part on his remarkable ability to maintain a consistent voice and personal vision across many mediums in different scales. Illustrating a volume of Jacques Dupin, a close friend and influential critic of his work, allowed Miró to align his own art with yet another form.

The delicate etched lines leading the eye in different directions across the sheet in this work are reminiscent of the stanzas in a poem: all connected but with their own purpose and role. The luminous orbs of color that the artist loves to create with aquatint add another dimension to the composition.

Created in 1974, this original color etching and aquatint is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil the lower left margin, this work was printed by Arte Adrian Maeght, Paris on Arches wove paper. A numbered edition of 150 along with several artist's proofs also exist. This work is the second of five etchings that were ultimately not included in the published edition of the book.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the catalogue raisonnès below (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of this work).

1. Cramer, Patrick, Joan Miró, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné, 1989, listed as catalogue raisonné no. 187 on pp. 460-61.

2. Dupin, Jacques. Miró Engraver, vol. III 1973 - 1975, Rizzoli: New York, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 708 on pp. 82, 97.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, this work is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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