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Joan Miró
'l’Oiseau Destructeur' original abstract etching signed by Joan Miró

1969

US$30,000

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'l’Oiseau Destructeur' original etching signed by the famed Surrealist painter and printmaker Joan Miró. By the 1960s, Miró was at the height of his career as an artist, and prints like this one show his prowess and confidence. The composition is formed out of expressive black forms and lines, accented with primary and secondary colors – all the hallmarks of the artist. In this print, out of circles and gaps appear peering eyes, out of lines emerge feathers and appendages. In the 1960s, following movements in painting such as Abstract Expressionism, the art world at large had adopted fully the automatism that was so central to the Surrealist movement. Prints such as this thus carry with them the Surrealism of Miró's early career, but also the sophistication and refinement of an artist who had been exploring and experimenting with these concepts for decades. l’Oiseau Destructeur (The Destructive Bird), 1969 etching, aquatint and carborundum on Mandeure rag paper from the numbered edition 42/75 signed "Miró" in pencil, lower right 28.38 x 37 inches, print 34.75 x 43.25 inches, frame Reference: Dupin 512 Presented in reverse-ogee gold-finish wood moulding; mounted to while matboard; protected behind glass. Overall good condition; some discoloration from previous matting around paper margins; some creases and planar distortion along upper edge. Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) was a Catalan Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city in 1975. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an "assassination of painting" in favor of upsetting the visual elements of established painting. Born to the families of a goldsmith and a cabinet-maker, he grew up in the Barri Gòtic neighborhood of Barcelona. He began drawing classes at the age of seven at a private school at Carrer del Regomir 13, a medieval mansion. In 1907 he enrolled at the fine art academy at La Llotja, to the dismay of his father. He studied at the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc and he had his first solo show in 1918 at the Dalmau Gallery, where his work was ridiculed and defaced. Inspired by Cubist and surrealist exhibitions from abroad, Miró was drawn towards the arts community that was gathering in Montparnasse and in 1920 moved to Paris, but continued to spend his summers in Catalonia. In 1939, with Germany’s invasion of France looming, Miró relocated to Varengeville in Normandy, and on May 20 of the following year, as Germans invaded Paris, he narrowly fled to Spain (now controlled by Francisco Franco) for the duration of the Vichy Regime’s rule. In Varengeville, Palma, and Mont-roig, between 1940 and 1941, Miró created the twenty-three gouache series Constellations. Revolving around celestial symbolism, Constellations earned the artist praise from André Breton, who seventeen years later wrote a series of poems, named after and inspired by Miró's series. Features of this work revealed a shifting focus to the subjects of women, birds, and the moon, which would dominate his iconography for much of the rest of his career.

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  • Creator
    Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
  • Creation Year
    1969
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.75 in. (88.27 cm)Width: 43.25 in. (109.86 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Overall good condition; some discoloration from previous matting around paper margins; some creases and planar distortion along upper edge. Feel free to contact us regarding conservation on this print.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 12699c1stDibs: LU60537990522

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About the Artist

Joan Miró

With his wide-ranging oeuvre, comprising strikingly original paintings, prints, ceramics, sculptures, metal engravings and murals, Catalan modernist Joan Miró (1893–1983) was a critical force in moving 20th-century art toward complete abstraction. Although often considered an early Surrealist because of his nonobjective imagery and evocation of the subconscious, he defies neat categorization.Miró’s identity is largely rooted in the city of his birth: Barcelona. To this day, a number of his public artworks can be found there, including the 72-foot-tall statue Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird), 1983. Female and avian forms, along with bright colors and the theme of Catalan pride, are recurring elements in his work.The radical visual world Miró created with his expressive lines, signature symbols and biomorphic shapes influenced such American Abstract Expressionists as Jackson Pollock and Color Field painters like Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.Mirò continued to work and experiment until his death at the age of 90 in 1983. Five years before that, he was quoted saying, “I painted these paintings in a frenzy, with real violence so that people will know that I am alive, that I’m breathing, that I still have a few more places to go. I’m heading in new directions.”Find a collection of Joan Miró art on 1stDibs.
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