Joan Miró


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 1920’s. Miró had an incredibly prolific career and created artwork in an array of media until the time of his death in 1983. 

Miró developed a unique visual language by combining abstract elements, specific colors, and reoccurring motifs. His best known period of work began in the early 1960’s where he began receiving many public work commissions. His works are noted for their freshness, vitality and his palette. 

This color lithograph contains  Miró's signature style of abstract forms and his signature color palette of black, blue, red, green, and yellow. The newsprint background is extraordinarily unique within Miró's oeuvre, referring to the title of the work, "Le Journal".  Is Miró making an homage to the Cubist artists that used elements of French newspapers in their creations?  

Peaking out from behind Miró's bold abstract form in the centre, one French headline reads: "The cause of a savage murder in Warsaw" while the section next to it featuring summer leisure items is titled : "At the crossroads for sunny days." 

This is one of the most unique examples of Miró's playful and mysterious abstractions. Layered with symbolism, "Le Journal" merges Miro's immediately recognizable visual language with that of the real world. 

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"Le Journal"

France, 1972

Color lithograph, mounted

Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist 

From an edition of 50  

29.25"H 21"W (work)

36"H 28"W (framed)

Very good condition

Literature:  Joan Miró catalogue Raisonne 4: Vol 1. Michel Leiris, Fernand Mourlot.  Publisher: Edition poligrapha Barcelona, 1972. Page 386. 

Note: this work is framed in a double-pane glass frame. Outside the Toronto-NYC-Montreal triangle this work is sold mounted but unframed. 

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