Joan Miró, Polyphème, 1968
|Artist:||Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)|
|Medium:||Original color etching & aquatint with carborundum and cement imprint on Mandeure rag paper|
|Image:||36 3/4 in x 25 1/4 in (93.3 cm x 64.1 cm)|
|Sheet:||41 1/8 in x 29 5/8 in (104.5 cm x 75.3 cm)|
|Framed:||57 1/4 in x 44 3/4 in (145.4 cm x 113.7 cm)|
|Signature:||Hand signed by Joan Miró (1893 – 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition with bright color and texture visible throughout; a bold impression with clearly defined plate mark all around.|
Created in 1968, this original color etching and aquatint with carborundum and cement imprint is hand signed by Joan Miró (1893 – 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin. Printed by Art Adrien Maeght, Paris and numbered 35/75 in pencil in the lower left margin on Mandeure rag paper with deckle edges; published by Maeght éditeur, Paris.
Dramatically textured, Miró depicts an abstracted profile of a human figure. Reminiscent of Picasso’s abstract female sculptures, this image is characterized by a large nose which interrupts the graceful slope of the forehead. The exploding colors in the background add a sense of spontaneity and joviality, enlivening the clearly delineated forms. “Form joins form, or is born in the night of boreal dreams. Erratic constellations: work which maybe were, or were not carried out, in the anteroom of the sketch, on in the unattained kingdom. The unknown part” (Gimferrer, 312).
1) Dupin, J. (1989). Miró Engraver II 1961-1973. Rizzoli: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 450 on pg. 109.
2) Musée D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. (1974). Miró: l’œuvre graphique. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 119 on pg. 41.
About The Framing:
Conservation framed with museum quality, archival materials, this work is set in a Spanish-style gold and black moulding with a delicate organic motif and a sleek black border. The muted gold hues complement the bright and bold colors within the work. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.