JOAN MIRO "POLIGRAFA XV ANOS" LITHOGRAPH, 1979
Joan Miró is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He is renowned internationally as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and ceramicist.
Miró’s works, which are often at the intersection of Surrealism and abstraction, began receiving international attention in the 1920s. Miró had an incredibly prolific career and created artwork in an array of media until the time of his death in 1983.
A museum dedicated to his work, the Joan Miró Foundation, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation, was established in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981.
Miró developed a unique visual language by combining abstract elements, bold primary colors, and reoccurring motifs. His best-known period of work began in the early 1960s when he began receiving many public work commissions.
"15 Ans Poligrafa" features Miró’s signature palette of canary yellow, primary red, blue, emerald green, and ink black. Odd and uneven shapes unite and create a composition that is both expressive and calculated...and even figurative. The composition immediately offers a character that is both friendly and spooky, with its large red eyes that seem to stare at something away from the composition.
In Miro's world, these type of magical characters, full of whimsy, mystery and mischief are always present. Whether intentional or not, creatures emerge in many of Miró’s compositions creating his signature cosmic symbolism.
This dynamic print is set against a delicate, natural background and is enlivened with splatters, sprays, and splotches that accelerate the playful nature of this piece and its magical subject.
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“Poligrafa XV Anos"
Lithograph on Vélin d'Arches paper
From an edition of 30
Signed, marked H.C., and numbered by the artist
Very good condition
This lithograph was created to serve as the cover for the exhibition catalog 'Ediciones Poligrafa' (Redfern Gallery), and as an announcement of the same exhibition. There is a large unnumbered edition of this print with a printed signature. This very rare version on Arches paper is hand-signed and numbered by the artist.
Literature: "Miro Lithographs VI 1976-1981" Maeght Publisher, #1192, pages 119-120.
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