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Joan Miró, Grans Rupestres VI (Large Cave Paintings VI), 1979

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Grans Rupestres VI (Large Cave Paintings VI), 1979
Reference:Dupin 1058
Medium:Etching on Arches paper
Image:35 1/8 in x 26 5/8 in (89.2 cm x 67.6 cm)
Sheet:35 1/8 in x 26 5/8 in (89.2 cm x 67.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 30 in pencil in the lower left image.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower image
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7586
$30,000 $18,000

Historical Description

This fantastic etching captures the profound energy of the prehistoric mural paintings at the caves at Altamira, a site of particular interest to Joan Miro. Miro remarked once that “art has done nothing but degenerate” since cave dwellers and he allowed the experience of visiting Altamira have a remarkable effect on Grans Rupestres VI.

This etching’s composition is dominated by sweeping, gestural strokes against a green and eggshell white background. The background’s pattern is reminiscent of stone, very distinctly evoking the stone walls of the cave paintings that this work is inspired by. Cool earthy tones and expressive black brushwork come together to recreate the experience of intensely painted cave walls from thousands of years ago that Miro himself looked at. Expertly placed patches of vivid primary color—sharp red, pure yellow, and beaming blue—placed between the movement-filled foreground and natural background brings the work firmly into conversation with the modern era. With this minimal but effective wielding of color, Miro brings the evocative black in the foreground into Abstract Expressionist territory. By expertly holding the tension in the way this etching hangs between the prehistoric and Miro’s present-day, this masterful work balances influences from both eras. Miro skillfully utilizes a selective color palette and draws on stylistic choices with purchase in the two disparate time periods and evokes something timeless and deeply human.

Created in 1979, this etching on Arches paper is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower image and numbered from the edition of 30 in pencil in the lower left image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Joan Miro Grans Rupestres VI (Large Cave Paintings VI), 1979 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. Miró Engraver Vol. IV 1976–1983. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1989. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 1058 on pg. 93.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Joan Miro Grans Rupestres VI (Large Cave Paintings VI), 1979 is framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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