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Joan Miró, L’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird), 1969

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:L’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird), 1969
Reference:Dupin 512
Medium:Etching, aquatint and carborundum on Mandeure rag paper.
Image:22 3/8 x 28 3/4 in (57 x 73 cm)
Sheet:28 1/2 x 37 in (72.5 x 94 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-7036

Historical Description

L’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird), 1969 is an incredible work by Joan Miro that showcases all of Miro’s creative skill in printmaking. With thick, bold lines of inky black that streak across the composition, the work is full of energy and texture. A large black circle takes center stage, filled with smaller circles of red and black. Miro chooses to accent the thick line work with his familiar color palette of red, yellow, green and blue. Through his use of carborundum printing he is able to create subtle textures throughout the work that are extremely captivating in person. L’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird), 1969 is dynamic and powerful in its design and execution, showing off Miro’s artistic genius.

This work is a carborundum etching and aquatint, which was a technique that Mirò 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. Mirò is one of the few artists who mastered this medium.

Created in 1969, Joan Miro L’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird) is an etching, aquatint and carborundum on Mandeure rag paper. This work is hand-signed by Joan Miro (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 Miro L’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird), 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. 512 on pg. 160.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Joan Miro L’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird), 1969 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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