Joan Miró, Mambo, 1978

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Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title: Mambo, 1978
Reference: Dupin 1002
Medium: Original color wash, etching and aquatint on Arches paper.
Image Size: 45 in x 29 in (114.5 cm x 73.5 cm)
Sheet Size: 54 1/2 in x 38 in (138.5 cm x 96.6 cm)
Framed Size: 66 1/8 in x 48 5/8 in (168 cm x 123.5 cm)
Signature: This work is hand signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition, with a strong plate mark and gorgeous colors.
Gallery Price: Please call us 510-777-9970 for availability.
ID # w-3540

Greeting the viewer from his monumental paper home, the figure in Mambo, traced in splatters, washes and energetic black forms, reaches his arms wide. Like his sibling in Danseuse créole, this dancer's presence overflows the borders of the sheet. Scribbled orbs, looped commas, and swathes of color animate the page and act as mementos to the artist's touch. Racing paths of black break out from the dancer's body to end in horns, hooks and balls, electrifying the entire print. This etching and aquatint is one of Miró's best efforts and its gorgeous array of color, tonality can only be completely appreciated in person. Between the larger-than-life humanoid creature and the monumental size of the print, Mambo infuses the room with energy. It is graphic art at its most striking, and was conceived near the end of the artist's life, when he could draw on a lifetime of experience and artistic vision.

Traced with glowing red-orange, deep black and contrasting accents of blue, orange, yellow and green, Mambo is a masterpiece of technique set apart and above by Miró's ever-present lightness of heart. The bulging eyes and cylindrical nose peering out from the dancer's torso confirm this.

Created in 1978, this original color etching and aquatint was published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris, and printed on Arches paper. This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (1893-1983) in pencil in at the lower right and numbered from the edition of 50.


Joan Miró Mambo, 1978 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. Miró Engraver: 1976-1893, vol. IV. Paris: Daniel LeLong Éditeur, 2001. Listed and illustrated as on p. 60 as catalogue raisonné no. 1002.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

Joan Miró Mambo, 1978 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.


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