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Joan Miró, La Ralentie (Slow Motion), 1969

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:La Ralentie (Slow Motion), 1969
Reference:Dupin 517
Medium:Aquatint, etching, dry-point and carborundum on Arches paper.
Image:36 3/8 x 23 in (92.5 x 58.5 cm)
Sheet:41 3/4 x 26 3/4 in (106 x 68 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 75 and some H.C. (hors commerce impressions).
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Joan Miro (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7045

Historical Description

La Ralentie (Slow Motion), 1969 is an exciting work by Joan Miró that showcases Miró’s creative skill in printmaking. The viewer’s eye is drawn to the black circle in the center of the work, surrounded by green and blue rings. A smaller, faded orange circle, demarcated by inky black dots, sits lower in the composition and contrasts beautifully with the blue above it. This work highlights Miró’s skill in creating movement and energy in a simple design, by using dynamic scribbling motions around the outer parts of the work. Through his use of carborundum printing he is able to create subtle textures throughout the work that are extremely captivating in person. La Ralentie (Slow Motion), 1969 is dynamic and powerful in its design and execution, and shows off Miró’s artistic genius.

This work is a carborundum etching and aquatint, which was a technique that Miró frequented in his work. Carborundum is a silicon and carbon compound that is used for a variety of functions but can also be used to create prints.  Carborundum printing creates gradient tones and sandy textures. Miró is one of the few artists who mastered this medium.

Created in 1969, Joan Miró La Ralentie (Slow Motion) is an Aquatint, etching, dry-point and carborundum on Arches paper. This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 75 and some H.C. (hors commerce impressions).

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Joan Miró La Ralentie (Slow Motion), 1969 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. Joan Miró Engraver, Vol. II, 1961-1973. Paris: Maeght Editeur, 1977. Listed and illustrated as catalog raisonné no. 517 on pg. 165.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Joan Miró La Ralentie (Slow Motion), 1969 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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