Joan Miró, The Egyptian, 1977

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:The Egyptian, 1977
Reference:Dupin 970
Medium:Color etching, aquatint and cut out shapes
Image:47 13/16 in x 33 7/16 in (121.5 cm x 85 cm)
Sheet:55 in x 38 1/4 in (139.7 cm x 97.2 cm)
Framed:67 3/8 in x 50 5/8 in (171.1 cm x 128.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin; also 12 hors commerce numbered in Roman numerals; published by Maeght, Paris; printed by Morsang, Paris.
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.
ID #w-5892


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Historical Description

Joan Miró The Egyptian, 1977 is an inventive and quizzical work, which combines Miró’s exquisite use of color and bold black sections with his whimsical subjects. A brilliant blue triangle sits atop the head of the Egyptian woman, bringing a bright burst of color to the foreground. Two vivid red ovals pierce the block of black. Upon closer inspection, one can see that Miró has added hints of gold and green to the black, as well as patterns typical of Miró’s style are visible on the upper portion of the head. Hazy spots of purple, green, and gold also stand out around the woman, highlighting her periphery and marking this work in Miró’s hand. To the left of her head flutters an enigmatic bird created through blocked shapes. Miró ties the bird and the woman together by creating them from the same materials and colors. The bird displays the same black with hints of gold and green that the woman does. The pointed stare of the bird adds whimsy to the canvas.

Created in 1977, this color etching and aquatint with cut out shapes is hand signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin. Published by Maeght, Paris and printed by Morsang, Paris.


Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Joan Miró The Egyptian, 1977 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: IV. 1976-1983. Galerie Lelong: 2001, France. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 970.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Joan Miró The Egyptian, 1977 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.