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Joan Miró, Et l'oiseau s'enfuit vers les pyramides aux flancs ensanglantés par la chute de rubis, 1954

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Et l'oiseau s'enfuit vers les pyramides aux flancs ensanglantés par la chute de rubis (And the Bird Flew Off to the Pyramids, Their Sides All Covered with Blood From Falling Rubies), 1954
Reference:Dupin 910
Medium:Original Color Wash, Etching, and Aquatint on Rives BFK Watermarked Paper
Image:29 7/10 in x 12 3/5 in (75.5 cm x 32 cm)
Sheet:29 7/10 in x 12 3/5 in (75.5 cm x 32 cm)
Framed:43 1/2 in x 24 3/4 in (110.5 cm x 62.9 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed and dated by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-3542

Historical Description

The wonderfully evocative title of this etching and aquatint speaks for itself, as characters whose forms verge on the numeric stretch from one corner of the pyramid to the other. Against a mottled sky, one bird seems to experience multiple encounters in its flight path, cutting into the composition at left and diving out again at right.

Miró expresses his fanciful vision through calligraphic marks and bold blocks of color; the viewer can almost taste the ruby blood splashed on the bird's feathers. Geometric shapes evoke precious stones and the sky becomes the pyramid for which the subject aims. A title lettered in the artist's own hand beneath the image lends further personality to this excellent, playful impression of Et l'oiseau s'enfuit.

Created in 1954, this original color etching and aquatint was made after the artist's oil painting on canvas from 1952 of the same title. This work is hand-signed and dated by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered 208/300 in pencil in the lower left margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Dupin, Jacques. Joan Miró: Catalogue raisonné. Paintings, Volume III: 1942-1955. Paris: Successió Miró, 2001. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 901 on pg. 190.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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

 

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