Joan Miró

Spanish , 1893 - 1983

Spanish painter, ceramicist, sculptor and graphic artist, Joan Miró was born in 1893 in Barcelona. After overcoming considerable opposition from his father, a goldsmith by trade, Miró studied at Francesco Gali’s School of Art in Barcelona from 1912 onwards. His early works were landscapes and portraits in which elements of folk art are combined with expressive fauvist gestures.

In 1919 he mov Read More
ed to Paris and the early influences of van Gogh and the Fauves were succeeded by Picasso and Cubism. By 1923 Miró was a prominent member of the Surrealists and signed their manifesto in 1924. He was part of the first Surrealist exhibition which was staged in the Galerie Pierre in 1926. Around this time Miró began producing his linear, dreamlike compositions. When the Civil War broke out, Miró left Spain and began to paint the frightful visions that fill his “wild” pictures.

Between 1940 and 1941 Miró produced his “Constellations”- a series of luminous gouaches on paper. These works depict man and nature, the earth and the cosmos. From 1940 to 1948 Miró left France for Spain to escape the Second World War. During this time he produced his first ceramic pieces working in collaboration with the Spanish potter Llorens Artigas. Between 1954 and 1959 he devoted himself almost exclusively to this medium. While working on a commission for the UNESCO Building in Paris and for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he developed an entirely new style of ceramic wall design.

From the late 1920s Miró had begun producing a wide range of graphic works and in 1954 he was awarded the Grand Prix for graphic art at the Biennale in Venice. A prolific printmaker, Miró worked in etchings and lithographs. Like Picasso and Chagall, his works were also published in large print editions targeted at a larger audience.An artist of great wit and originality, Miró constantly explored forms and techniques in his graphic work. He used carborundum and resin painted directly onto the plate to build up a thick relief form on the metal. When printed, this creates a high impasto effect which adds depth and texture to the print. The rich blacks act as a foil to the bright colors which become even stronger when placed next to them. Read Less
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La Guerre from Ubu Roi

1966

Isselbacher Gallery

$5,500 - $12,000

Serie Noire et Rouge

1938

Galerie Maximillian

$35,000 - $70,000

La Bague d'Aurore

1957

Galerie Maximillian

$12,000 - $35,000

Composition Salon de Mai.

1966

William Weston Gallery Ltd.

$12,000 - $35,000

Strip-Tease

1959

Isselbacher Gallery

$5,500 - $12,000

Altamira

1958

Isselbacher Gallery

$5,500 - $12,000

L'Etrangere

1958

Isselbacher Gallery

$5,500 - $12,000

Escalade

1969

Isselbacher Gallery

$5,500 - $12,000

La géante

1938

Galerie Boisserée

Price upon request

Le Pitre Rose

1974

Sims Reed Gallery

$35,000 - $70,000

Série noire et rouge

1938

Galerie Lelong

Price upon request

Untitled

1947

Catherine E. Burns Fine Prints & Drawings

$5,500 - $12,000

Untitled for the Exhibition Homage to Miro

1973

Barbara Leibowits Graphics Ltd.

Price upon request

Le Grand Ordonnateur

1969

Jane Kahan Gallery

Price upon request