Joan Miro


"Untitled" from "Série I," 1952-53

Etching and aquatint in orange and black on wove paper, watermark Arches
Edition: A Bon à tirer proof aside from the regular edition
Signed, dated "28/V/52.," and inscribed "Bon à tirer," all in pencil in the lower margin; inscribed "13" in pencil in the left margin; Atelier Lacourière, Paris, prntr.; Maeght Éditeur, Paris, pub.
Plate: 15" H x 17.75" W: Sheet: 17.875" H x 25" W

  • Provenance: Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA
    Private Collection, CA, acquired from the above, November 13, 2001
  • Literature: Dupin 78
  • Notes: Dupin indicates that the 13 editioned impressions of this image were printed on Arches paper measuring 19.75" H x 26" W. Nevertheless, this "Bon à tirer" example appears to retain its full margins, albeit on a slightly smaller sheet of the same type of paper.

    The plates for "Serie I" were executed by Miró at Stanley W. Hayter's Atelier 17 in New York, then printed and published in Paris.

    Joan Miro, born in Barcelona in 1893, was a crucial figure in the Modernist movement. Miro moved to Paris in 1920, where he met artists such as Pablo Picasso and Andre Breton, the self-proclaimed founder of the Surrealist movement. Connecting with these artists and others significantly affected Miro's style and artistic development.

    Miro described his works as being painted in stages. First, he would utilize a method of artmaking known as automatism to develop an image in free form by letting his unconscious guide his hand. While Miro was in some ways drawing from his imagination, he also allowed the landscape and everyday objects in the surrounding environment to influence his work. The second stage, far more precise and intentional, involved Miro's conscious addition of minor touches and details. The results were highly vibrant, colorful, and playful -- as seen in "Acrobats in the Night Garden," or the five plates from "Gravures pour une exposition" series, also featured in this sale.

    Miro consciously tried to avoid over conceptualizing his artwork throughout his career, instead choosing to create images that could not easily be associated with a single art movement or style. Instead, he allowed his work to be rebellious -- he sought to create artwork that functioned as commentary on social and political events happening around him, which contributed to him being considered one of the most influential artists of his time.
    Miro spent most of his career between Paris, France, and Mont-Roig del Camp, Spain, before passing away in 1983.
  • Condition: Very good condition. Apparently full margins, deckled along the left and right edges. Slight time staining and very minor surface soiling commensurate with age along the margin edges. A soft crease at the tip of the lower right margin corner. Framed floating, hinged in various places to the back mat from the verso of the margins.

    Framed under Plexiglas: 29.25" H x 37" W x 1" D

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