Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

Joan Miro was born in Barcelona on 20th April 1893. He was an illustrious painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist. He inhabited two lives: one of frenetic and intellectual activity; and the second, a meditative introspection. His early work consisted of still life, landscapes, genre scenes and influences of folk art from his native Catalan region of Spain. Later his work is characterised by flattened forms, with a clear line. Often seen as sexual in it’s content, Miro’s signature lies in his biomorphic forms, bold yet limited colour pallette and geometric shapes.

The son of Miquel Miro, a prosperous goldsmith and Dolors Ferra, the daughter of a cabinetmaker, he began drawing as a child and when he was just 8 years of age he could already create works of strict Realism. Later, he was encouraged to enter a school of commerce in Barcelona. Miro continued his passion for the arts and in 1907, aged 14, he enrolled at the La Llotja School of Fine Arts, where he came under the pupilage of Ricardo Urgell. He spent some of his teenage years as a clerk. He found the oppressive nature of this work too much and sadly suffered a nervous breakdown, followed by a bout of typhoid.

After this Miro made the decision to dedicate his life to his art and again started art school of Francisco Gali, where he became interested in contemporary painting, impressionism, fauvism, cubism and surrealism. In 1919 he visited Paris where he became friends with Picasso. In 1920 he moved to a studio there, motivated by his intellectual curiosity and the social whirl. In 1924 Miro joined the Surrealist group. It has been said that Miro cannot be pinned to a particular art movement. Instead he moves back and forth between detail oriented paintings and figurative ones.

  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Le Marteau sans maitreMedium: Original Etching with aquatint in colours on Arches wove paper.Description: The etching was published in the page book “Le Marteaux sans Maitre” by Rene Char in 1976. It came in a portfolio of 26 etchings all printed in colours.Edition: HC 13/25. There was a total signed edition of 215 proofs consisting of: 25 Hors Commerce proofs marked HC and numbered from 1 to 25 (From which our example comes), 125 proofs numbered from 1 to 125, 15 Exemplaires de Chapelle for collaborators and 50 proofs numbered from I to L, with a suite of 26 etchings on Japan Nacre paperSigned by the artist in pencilYear: 1976Size: 28.0 x 22.5 cms (Plate size) or 44 x 67.5 cms (Paper size)FramedPrice on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Le Vent Parmi les Roseaux 1Medium: Original etching and aquatint in coloursDescription: Frontispiece of the suite – from 16 poems and two notes by William Butler Yeats, translated by Andre Pieye de MandiarguesEdition: 100 copies on Joannot-Velin paper (Out of a total edition of 150 copies on different papers)Unsigned and unnumbered versionYear: 1971Size: 33 x 21 cm (Plate size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Bouquet de reves pour NeilaMedium: Colour Lithograph on Japon nacre paperDescription: Printed by Mourlot, Paris. From the book with same title by Yvan GollEdition: of 25Unsigned and unnumbered versionYear: 1967Size: 30.8 x 21 cm (Image size) or 32.6 x 25.2 cm (Paper size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Litografía Original IMedium: Lithograph on paperDescription: This lithograph belongs to the artist’s book “Joan Miró Lithographer Vol. I: 1930 – 1952” by Michel Leiris, edited by Polígrafa in 1972. In this luxury edition, Polígrafa reproduces, using the lithographic technique, some of the most important prints that Joan Miró made between 1930 and 1952.Year: 1972Size: 33.5 x 25.2 cmPrice on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Litografía Original VMedium: Lithograph on paperDescription: This lithograph belongs to the artist’s book “Joan Miró Lithographer Vol. I: 1930 – 1952” by Michel Leiris, edited by Polígrafa in 1972. In this luxury edition, Polígrafa reproduces, using the lithographic technique, some of the most important prints that Joan Miró made between 1930 and 1952.Year: 1972Size: 33.5 x 25.2 cmPrice on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Litografía Original IIIMedium: Lithograph on paperDescription: This lithograph belongs to the artist’s book “Joan Miró Lithographer Vol. I: 1930 – 1952” by Michel Leiris, edited by Polígrafa in 1972. In this luxury edition, Polígrafa reproduces, using the lithographic technique, some of the most important prints that Joan Miró made between 1930 and 1952.Year: 1972Size: 33.5 x 25.2 cmPrice on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Le Lezard aux plumes d’or – Arc-en-cielMedium: Original lithograph in colours on Rives paperEdition: of 15 Lithographs which Miro made for the poet Louis Broder.There was an unsigned edition as follows: 170 on Rives paper with a watermark signature of the artist (from which our example comes 30 examples, numbered 1/20 and I to X, with suites on parchment and Japan20 examples numbered 21/40 with a suite of 13 lithographs of Japon kochi paper, numbered and signed 120 examples numbered 41/150 and XII to XX There were also 50 examples, with large margins, on Japon nacre paper and 50 on Rives with the watermark of the artist, numbered and signed.Watermarked signature of the artistYear: 1971Size: 34 x 47.8 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Sculptor – EnglandMedium: Original lithograph in colours on heavy cream wove Guarro paperDescription: This was created to commemorate an exhibition of Miro’s sculptures and the catalogue was in English.Edition: of 1500. There was also a signed and numbered edition of 135 proofsSigned in the stone by the artistYear: 1974Size: 20 x 39.3 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Sculptor – SwedenMedium: Original lithograph in colours on heavy cream wove Guarro paperDescription: This was created to commemorate an exhibition of Miro’s sculptures and the catalogue was in Swedish.Edition: of 1500. There was also a signed and numbered edition of 135 proofsSigned in the stone by the artistYear: 1974Size: 20 x 39.3 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Sculptor – JapanMedium: Original lithograph in colours on heavy cream wove Guarro paperDescription: This was created to commemorate an exhibition of Miro’s sculptures and the catalogue was in Japanese.Edition: of 1500. There was also a signed and numbered edition of 135 proofsSigned in the stone by the artistYear: 1974Size: 20 x 39.3 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Sculptor – ItalyMedium: Original lithograph in colours on heavy cream wove Guarro paperDescription: This was created to commemorate an exhibition of Miro’s sculptures and the catalogue was in Italian.Edition: of 1500. There was also a signed and numbered edition of 135 proofsSigned in the stone by the artistYear: 1974Size: 20 x 39.3 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    (after) Le Moulin a Cafe (The Coffee Grinder)Medium: Etching and aquatint in colours on BFK Rives paper with wide marginsDescription: With this early composition Miro focusses the viewers attention through the manipulation of form and limited use of colour. Miro infuses the work with a sense of agitation and movement. Pivotal in the use of collage, this work has an inventive modulation and abstraction of each element is highlighted by the inclusion of the boldly printed advertisement which reads “The very best collection of souvenir postcards of New York City, 30 for 25, The Novelty Shop”Edition: 111/300Signed by the artist in pencil and with Publishers blindstampYear: 1954Size: 70 x 94 cms (Paper size) or 53.5 x 68 cms (Image size)Price on Application
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    Femme Dans La NuitMedium: Original LithographEdition: 111/300Signed in the plate by the artistYear: 1967Size: 15″ x 11″ (Sheet size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    UBU Roi (Plate 11)Medium: Original Lithograph in colours on Arches paper with narrow marginsDescription: This was part of a series of 13 Lithographs entitled ‘Ubi Roi’. Ubu Roi is a play first performed in Paris at the Theatre de l’Oeuvre, causing a riotous response in the audience as it opened and closed in December 1895. It is considered a wild, bizarre and comic piece, significant for the way it overturns cultural rules, norms, and conventions. For those who were in the audience on that night to witness the response, it seemed an event of revolutionary importance. It is now seen by some to have opened the door for what became known as Modernism in the 20th century. It is a precursor to Dada, Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd. It is the first of three stilted burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices – in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeoisie to abuse the authority engendered by success.Edition: The edition consisted of 205 signed and numbered copies and 25 additional copies. Ours is a proof outside these editions on smaller margined paperYear: 1966Size: 85.2 x 42 cm (Paper size) or 82.1 x 40.9 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    UBU Roi (Plate 12)Medium: Original Lithograph in colours on Arches paper with narrow marginsDescription: This was part of a series of 13 Lithographs entitled ‘Ubi Roi’. Ubu Roi is a play first performed in Paris at the Theatre de l’Oeuvre, causing a riotous response in the audience as it opened and closed in December 1895. It is considered a wild, bizarre and comic piece, significant for the way it overturns cultural rules, norms, and conventions. For those who were in the audience on that night to witness the response, it seemed an event of revolutionary importance. It is now seen by some to have opened the door for what became known as Modernism in the 20th century. It is a precursor to Dada, Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd. It is the first of three stilted burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices – in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeoisie to abuse the authority engendered by success.Edition: The edition consisted of 205 signed and numbered copies and 25 additional copies. Ours is a proof outside these editions on smaller margined paperYear: 1966Size: 85.2 x 42 cm (Paper size) or 82.1 x 40.9 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    UBU Roi (Plate 13)Medium: Original Lithograph in colours on Arches paper with narrow marginsDescription: This was part of a series of 13 Lithographs entitled ‘Ubi Roi’. Ubu Roi is a play first performed in Paris at the Theatre de l’Oeuvre, causing a riotous response in the audience as it opened and closed in December 1895. It is considered a wild, bizarre and comic piece, significant for the way it overturns cultural rules, norms, and conventions. For those who were in the audience on that night to witness the response, it seemed an event of revolutionary importance. It is now seen by some to have opened the door for what became known as Modernism in the 20th century. It is a precursor to Dada, Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd. It is the first of three stilted burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices – in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeoisie to abuse the authority engendered by success.Edition: The edition consisted of 205 signed and numbered copies and 25 additional copies. Ours is a proof outside these editions on smaller margined paperYear: 1966Size: 85.2 x 42 cm (Paper size) or 82.1 x 40.9 cm (Image size)Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Original 7Medium: LithographYear: 1977Size: 13.1" x 9.8"Price on Application 
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Original 6Medium: LithographYear: 1977Size: 13.1" x 9.8"Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Original 5Medium: LithographYear: 1977Size: 13.1" x 9.8"Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Original 4Medium: LithographYear: 1977Size: 13.1" x 9.8"Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Original 3Medium: LithographYear: 1977Size: 13.1" x 9.8"Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Original 2Medium: LithographYear: 1977Size: 13.1 × 19.9Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    Original 1Medium: LithographYear: 1977Size: 13.1 × 19.9Price on Application
  • Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

    AmicalementMedium: Lithographs on Arches paperEdition: of 283Signed by the artist in the print. Numbered in pencilSize: 30 x 40 cmPrice on Application