Joan Miró, Femmes, Oiseaux, Etoile (Woman, Birds, Star), 1960

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:Femmes, Oiseaux, Etoile (Woman, Birds, Star), 1960
Medium:Original Color Lithograph
Image:23 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in (59.7 cm x 47 cm)
Sheet:29 3/4 in x 21 1/2 in (75.6 cm x 54.6 cm)
Framed:approx. 44 1/2 in x 38 1/8 in (113 cm x 96.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin.
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-6711
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Historical Description

Designed with lyrical lines and playful characters, Joan Miró Femmes, Oiseaux, Etoile (Woman, Birds, Star), 1960 illustrates the artist’s expressive use of color and line. Curious figures emerge from seemingly arbitrary lines and colorful shapes. A vibrant green eye reveals the female shape that Miró alludes to in the title. The background of earthy ochre and mauve allows the linear and solid figures to stand out in strong contrast, and creates a textural and tactile experience. Miró scholar Jacques Dupin discusses the works from this period: “The spirit does not, to him, exist alone or prior to things. It emanates from them. What expresses it on the canvas, its vehicle – the play of line and color, the plastic values and rhythm – must similarly emanate from a progressive animation of the materials, from the living, emotionally inspiring substance that is the ground…Actually these paintings constitute (though this has never been said before) one of the most important ‘series’ in this artist’s work.” (Dupin 393)

Derived from Miró’s 1949 original oil painting, this color lithograph is hand signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin, this piece is remarkable for the pochoir hand coloring evident throughout the work. The pochoir coloring is most vivid in large areas of ruby red and crisp white that circulate throughout the lithograph, adding a further layer of depth and beauty to the work.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Joan Miró Woman, Birds, Star (Femmes, Oiseaux, Etoile), 1960 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 final sale of the work).

1. Dupin, Jacques. Joan Miró, Life and Work. Harry Abrams: New York, 1962. The original painting is listed as cat no 732 on pg 416.

2. Dupin, Jacques and Ariane Lelong-Mainaud. Joan Miró Catalogue raisonné. Paintings, Vol III: 1942-1955. ADAGP:Paris, 2001. The original painting is listed as cat no 836 on pg 139.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Joan Miró Woman, Birds, Star (Femmes, Oiseaux, Etoile), 1960 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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