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Joan Miró, Cahier d'ombres (Book of Shadows), 1971

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Cahier d'ombres (Book of Shadows), 1971
Reference:M. 744
Medium:Color Lithograph on Vellum
Image:9 1/4 in x 12 in (23.5 cm x 30.5 cm)
Sheet:9 1/4 in x 12 in (23.5 cm x 30.5 cm)
Framed:25 1/2 in x 23 in (64.8 cm x 58.4 cm)
Edition:An unnumbered proof, aside from the numbered edition of 200 and 25 H.C. copies.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-3913
USD $8,500 GBP £6,375

Historical Description

The evocative poetry in Philippe Denis's first published volume brings to mind many images: "Dark halo,/ rag of this lamp at midnight,/wick of the heart lowered" begins one sparse poem in the volume. Weaving together dark and light imagery, the poet finds a match in Joan Miró, whose work contains multiple layers. The splatter of black ink staining the background lays an impulsive foundation for the tangible, calligraphic marks comprising the rest of the composition. Over and next to these elements we find oblong spots of color in varying degrees of opacity. Like the mysteries of a heart in love, Miró's print shines with great light and recedes into darkest shadow.

Created in 1971, this original color lithograph is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin; it is an unnumbered proof, aside from the numbered edition of 200 and 25 H.C. copies. The work is one of four color lithographs created by the artist to illustrate Cahier d'ombres, a book of poetry by Philippe Denis.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the catalogue raisonnès below (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of this work).

1. Joan Miró Lithographs: Vol. IV 1969-1972. Nicolas and Elena Calas, Preface. Paris: Maeght Editeur, 1981. Edition detailed on p. 127 with print illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 744 on p. 128.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, this work is presented in a contemporary gold moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas. The sleek, simple design of the frame complements the bold forms within the piece.

 

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