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Joan Miró, Flux de l'Aimant VII (Magnetic Flow No. 7), 1964

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Flux de l'Aimant VII (Magnetic Flow No. 7), 1964
Reference:Dupin 376
Medium:Original Drypoint Etching
Image:24 in x 19 7/8 in (61 cm x 50.5 cm)
Sheet:24 in x 19 7/8 in (61 cm x 50.5 cm)
Framed:37 in x 33 in (94 cm x 83.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left ;from the total edition of 95 copies (75 signed and numbered on Rives vellum paper; 20 copies annotated H.C. numbered I to XX).
Signature:This work is initialed 'M' by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in very good condition.
ID #w-2967

Historical Description

Free-flowing lines dance across the composition in this whimsical work. In physics, magnetic flux (or magnetic flow) is the term used to describe the total amount of magnetic field in a given region. The term flux was chosen because the power of a magnet appears to "flow" out of a magnet at one pole and return to the other pole in a circulating pattern. To René Char and Joan Miró, Flux de l'aimant (Magnetic Flow) is a metaphor for something else, a stab at understanding and visualizing the way that poetry and art work upon those who experience them as electricity works upon magnetic fields.

In this work, Miró hints at the circulating patterns of magnetic flux, creating a work with a sense of spherical motion. The ghoulish figure on top hovers above the playful forms beneath it and appears as if about to swoop down to the left. Miró's slightly uneven lines appear as if vibrating with energy, charged and ready to release at any moment, creating a work instilled with a sense of suspense and animated activity.

Created in 1964, this drypoint etching is one of 17 drypoints in the album Flux de l'aimant. Flux de l'aimant was a collaboration between the poet René Char and Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) combining Miró's drypoints (in color and black and white) with Char's meditations upon Miró's art. This work is initialed 'M' by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right and numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left [from the total edition of 95 copies (75 signed and numbered on Rives vellum paper; 20 copies annotated H.C. numbered I to XX)]; published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris and printed by Maeght, Levallois-Perret.

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, J. and Lelong-Mainaud, A. (2001). Miró Engraver, Vol. II 1961 - 1973. Galerie Lelong: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 376 on pg. 60. Detailed on pg. 58.

2. Cramer, Patrick, Joan Miró, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 88 on pgs. 238 and 239.

3. Maeght Éditeur, Foundation Maeght 06, Saint-Paul: Du Vendredi 22 Decembre 1972 au Lundi 22 Janvier 1973. Listed on pgs. XVI-XVII.

4. 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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