Joan Miró, Galatea, 1976

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Galatea, 1976
Reference:Dupin 931
Medium:Etching, acquatint and embossing on Arches paper
Image:45 1/2 in x 29 1/8 in (115.5 cm x 74 cm)
Sheet:54 1/4 in x 37 3/4 in (137.8 cm x 96 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893-Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6756


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Historical Description

Full of saturated primary colors and playful lines, Galatea, 1976 is an exemplary work by Joan Miró. The juxtaposition between broad black strokes and thin delicate lines adds a sense of depth without using representational perspective. The solid black circular shape thickly outlined in red at the center of the composition is formally echoed in the black teardrop outline and larger circular outline that nearly extends to the edges of the work. The amalgamation of solid colors and heavy dark lines creates a bold and visually complex composition.

Through the title of the work Galatea, Miró imbues abstraction with mythological significance. In Greek mythology, the name Galatea refers to the ivory statue with whom Pygmalion of Cyprus falls in love and marries after Aphrodite gives it life. Thus, Miró invites a meditation on the relationship between the visual characteristics of the work and the myth to which the title alludes.

Created in 1976, this etching, acquatint and embossing on Arches is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893-Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right and numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Joan Miró Galatea, 1976 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 sale of the work).

1. Dupin, Jacques and Ariane Lelong-Mainaud. Miró Engraver Vol. IV, 1976-1983. New York: Rizzoli, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 931 on page 95.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Joan Miró Galatea, 1976 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.