JOAN MIRO "QUELQUES FLEURS #2: ARTIGAS", 1964
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 were at the intersection between Surrealism and abstraction, began receiving international attention in the 1920’s. Miro 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’s passionate rejection of traditional painting led him to reference and experiment with multiple styles including Cubism, Dutch Baroque, and Fauvism. His time in Paris in the 1920's and subsequent exposure to Surrealism helped develop his style into the eccentric and symbolic works he is best known for.
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, body language, and deep meanings. He is an important bridge between Surrealism and abstraction.
This print is a paradigm of his work and artistic expression. It is from the “Quelques Fleurs” portfolio. The prints in this portfolio were based on watercolors from his book “Je Travaille Comme un Jardiner” (“I Work Like a Gardener”) that were reproduced by Miró as an edition of prints. Each print in this portfolio was dedicated to one of his friends.
This particular work (#2) is dedicated to Josep Llorens Artigas. Josep Llorens Artigas was an esteemed Spanish ceramicist who began collaborating with Miro in the 1950s when Miro took interest in Artigas' rejected works that were flawed during the firing process. Miro began painting on the surface of the vases, starting what would turn out to be a long and fruitful collaboration between the two.
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“Quelques Fleurs pour des Amis: Per Violette i Josep Llorens Artigas (#2)"
From an edition of 150.
15”H 11”W (work)
Printed by Mourlot, Paris
Published by Société Internationale d'Art XXe Siècle, Paris
Very good condition.
Note: images of the original portfolio box and colophon page available by request.
Literature: William Griswold. Pierre Matisse and his Artists. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 2001.
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