Joan Miró, Polyphème, 1968

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Polyphème, 1968
Medium:Original color etching & aquatint with carborundum and cement imprint on Mandeure rag paper
Image Size:36 3/4 in x 25 1/4 in (93.3 cm x 64.1 cm)
Sheet Size:41 1/8 in x 29 5/8 in (104.5 cm x 75.3 cm)
Framed Size: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.
ID #w-2409

Historical Description

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).

Illustrated In:
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.