Joan Miró produced this original lithograph especially for the catalogue for an exhibition of his and Josep Llorens Artigas' collaborative work at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. It is an excellent example of his mid-century work and features his signature mark-making techniques, symbols, and bold color choices. The images here contain the main motifs of another of his lithographs, printed separately under the title 'The Birds' (no. 241).
The prints that Miró designed for his own publications should be understood as part of a long tradition; artists have been producing prints to be published in books and other publications since the advent of printmaking techniques. Albrecht Dürer, for example, made multiple illustrations for the Bible in the fifteenth century, as did the majority of his contemporary printmakers. In the modern period, artists ranging from Wassily Kandinsky to Thomas Hart Benton have taken their hand to the book as a medium. Even more, many of the most celebrated images by artists like Winslow Homer were printed for illustrated journals — and only a few examples survive today because of the perceived disposability of the medium during the 19th century. The images Miró made for the catalogs of his own body of work and career offer an insight into how the artist understood his own biography and place in history. They are self-aware and carry with them the Surrealism of his early career, but also the sophistication and refinement of an artist who had been exploring and experimenting for decades.
Original lithograph produced especially for: Bernier, Rosamond, Joan Miró, and Josep Llorens Artigas. Miró, Artigas: terres de grand feu (Miró, Artigas: Sculpture in Ceramic). New York: Pierre Matisse.
8 x 27.25 inches, artwork
19 x 38.25 inches, frame
Published by Pierre Matisse
Printed by Mourlot Frères
Overall excellent condition; vertical creases original to print
Framed to conservation standards using 100 percent rag matting with a 1/4 inch bevel, Museum Glass, and housed in a modern silver moulding. Backed with Conservation Clear glass for viewing of reverse.
Ref: Miró, Joan and Raymond Queneau. Miró, Lithographs Vol.II 1953-1963. Edited by Maeght. New York: Leon Amiel Publisher Inc., 1975, pp. 86-87, no. 240.