Joan Miró, L'enfance d'Ubu (Childhood of Ubu), 1975

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:L'enfance d'Ubu (Childhood of Ubu), 1975
Reference:M. 999
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image Size:18 7/8 in x 12 in (47.8 cm x 30.8 cm)
Sheet Size:18 7/8 in x 12 in (47.8 cm x 30.8 cm)
Framed Size:33 ½ in x 26 ¾ in (85 cm x 68 cm)
Edition:Annotated ‘HC’  (hors commerce), this work is numbered from the Roman edition of 20 hors commerce in pencil in the lower left; aside from the edition of 120.
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-5128
$14,000 $6,500

Historical Description

L'enfance d'Ubu is one of three illustrated books inspired by the French playwright Alfred Jarry's (1873-1907) plays Ubu Roi, Ubu Cocu, and Ubu Enchaîné. As is seen in this illustration, depicting Ubu's adolescence, Ubu is having fun playing with bubbles. "Notorious for his infantile engagement with the world," Jane Taylor (2007) wrote in Ubu and the Truth Commission, Ubu is unmistakably smitten in this fantastic transformation into Miró's charming world.

Created in 1975, this work is out of an album of 24 prints under the same title. Hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin, this piece is annotated ‘HC’  (hors commerce) in pencil in the lower left with the accompanying hors commerce Roman edition of 20 written next to it. A total edition of 140 copies printed on Arches wove or japan nacré exists, comprising a signed and numbered edition of 120, in addition to our work from 20 hors commerce copies, numbered from I to XX. Printed by Mourlot, Paris, the album was published by Tériade Editeur, also in Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Miro Childhood of Ubu (L'enfance d'Ubu ), 1975 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work).

1. Maeght Editeur. Joan Miró: Lithographs, Vol. V 1972-1975. Paris: Maeght Editeur. Listed and illustrated as catalogue no. 999.
2. Cramer, Patrick. Joan Miró, The Illustrated Books: catalogue raisonné. Geneva: Patrick Cramer, Publisher, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue no. 204 on pp. 506-7.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Miro Childhood of Ubu (L'enfance d'Ubu ), 1975 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.