Joan Miró, Ubu aux Baléares, 1971

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Artist: Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
Title: Ubu aux Baléares, 1971
Reference: M. 770
Medium: Original Color Lithograph
Image Size: 23 5/16 in x 18 15/16 in (59.2 cm x 48.1 cm)
Sheet Size: 25 in x 19 in (63.5 cm x 48.3 cm)
Framed Size: 41 in x 35 in (104.1 cm x 88.9 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 120 in pencil in the lower left .
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.
Gallery Price: Sold Inquire
ID # w-3251

Expressing the playful and vibrant quality of Miró's work, this piece uses minimal line and shape in a delicate balance of color and line. Using a lyrical quality of shape, the viewer can imagine this image as a constellation in the sky or cave art from the prehistoric era. Nicolas and Elena Calas stated of this series, "Miró's Ubu aux Baléares could be taken for graffiti in which face and body are reduced to circular and angular outlines; the limbs to straight or curved lines; eyes indicated by tiny circles and a nose by a narrow triangle. Upon closer scrutiny each print is a deft composition in which the black lines and white space within and between the figures is carefully balanced. A seemingly endless variety of grotesque encounters unfold while we slowly turn the pages. Miró draws the comic situation from the banalities of comedy." (Maeght IV 17)

Created in 1971, this color lithograph is from an album of twenty-three lithographs by the same title. Printed by Mourlot, Paris, this work was published by Téade, Paris and printed on Arches vellum. This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right and numbered 51/120 in pencil in the lower left, aside from an edition of 6 copies H.C. numbered from I to VI.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Joan Miró Ubu aux Baléares, 1971 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 Éditeur, Joan Miró Lithographs, Vol. IV: 1969-1972. Listed on pg. 137 and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 770 on pg. 143.

2. Cramer, Patrick, Joan Miró, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 146 on pgs. 364 - 367.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, Joan Miró Ubu aux Baléares, 1971 is set in a contemporary black and gold frame. The contrasting tones created when light hits the moulding compliment the lights and darks in this work. Completed with white silk wrapped mattes and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

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