Arrow Head | Tête Flèche

Joan Miró

Arrow Head | Tête Flèche


Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum on Arches Wove Paper

66 x 50 cm


Gilden's Art Gallery

London, London

+44 20 7435 3340

$5,500 - $12,000

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JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)

Title: Arrow Head | Tête Flèche, 1968

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 66 x 50 cm. / 26 x 19.7 in. 
Image size: 39.5 x 29.7 cm. / 15.5 x 11.7 in. 

Additional Information: This original aquatint in colours with carborundum is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miró" at lower right margin. 
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 75, at the lower left margin.
It was printed and published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris, in 1968 in a limited edition of 75 impressions. There were also a few "HC" hors commerce [out of trade] proofs aside from the standard edition.
The paper bears the Arches watermark in the right margin.

Note: From 1967 onwards, Robert Dutrou introduced Miró to a new technique invented by Henry Goetz: Silicon Carbide engraving. 
Different from traditional engraving, here the incised work is replaced by a relief work, a hard superstructure on the copper surface. 
"The method consists of setting very high pressure resistant substances such as Silicon Carbide, synthetic varnish, or both, on the plate surface. The interstices between the silicon carbide grains and the streaks in the varnish replace the holes or grooves in the metal itself in the more classical methods.
These interstices, which hold the printing ink, give it back to the moist paper, under press, to create a print"
Miro wrote in a letter to Goetz: "the results are fascinating and very beautiful. The artist can express himself with more richness and freedom... which give a beautiful substance and a more powerful line..."
Silicon carbide gave Miró what he was looking for, large and strong original prints, almost "picture prints". 

Literature: Dupin, J. (1989). Miró Engraver, Vol. II 1961-1973. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong. 
Reference: Dupin 460

Condition: Very good condition. A small skillfully repaired tear in the upper sheet edge.