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

Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title:L'enfance d'Ubu (Childhood of Ubu), 1975
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image Size:20 in x 12 3/4 in (50.8 cm x 32.4 cm)
Sheet Size:20 in x 12 3/4 in (50.8 cm x 32.4 cm)
Framed Size:34 in x 27 in (86.4 cm x 68.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 120 in pencil in the lower left; aside from 20 hors commerce copies, numbered I to XX.
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-4258

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 accompanied by a rather comely female. "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 the seventh color lithograph included in 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, the piece is numbered 71/120 in pencil at the lower left. A total edition of 140 copies printed on Arches wove or japan nacré exists, comprising a signed and numbered edition of 120, to which our print belongs, and an additional 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:
This work 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. Maeght Editeur. Joan Miró: Lithographs, Vol. V 1972-1975. Paris: Maeght Editeur. Listed and illustrated as catalogue no. 1015.

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, this piece is displayed in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.