Joan Miró, ‘Alice Paalen, Sablier Couché’, 1938, Christie's
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Joan Miró

Alice Paalen, Sablier Couché, 1938

The signed and numbered etching in red, on yellow paper pasted on to Arches laid paper
20 7/10 × 14 3/5 in
52.7 × 37.2 cm
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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK GENTLEMAN

Editions Sagesse, Paris
with title, text in French by Alice Paalen …

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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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Joan Miró rejected the constraints of traditional painting, creating works “conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,” as he once said. Widely considered one of the leading Surrealists, though never officially part of the group, Miró pioneered a wandering linear style of Automatism—a method of “random” drawing that attempted to express the inner workings of the human psyche. Miró used color and form in a symbolic rather than literal manner, his intricate compositions combining abstract elements with recurring motifs like birds, eyes, and the moon. “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music,” he said. While he prized artistic freedom, Miró revered art history, basing a series of works on the Dutch Baroque interiors of Hendrick Sorgh and Jan Steen. In turn, Miró has inspired many artists—significantly Arshile Gorky, whose bold linear abstractions proved a foundational influence on Abstract Expressionism.

Joan Miró, ‘Alice Paalen, Sablier Couché’, 1938, Christie's
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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK GENTLEMAN

Editions Sagesse, Paris
with title, text in French by Alice Paalen and justification pages, on Arches laid paper, signed in ink by the author on the justification, copy number 8 of 75, with full margins, in very good condition, bound, with original cardboard cover with black text, …

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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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Joan Miró rejected the constraints of traditional painting, creating works “conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,” as he once said. Widely considered one of the leading Surrealists, though never officially part of the group, Miró pioneered a wandering linear style of Automatism—a method of “random” drawing that attempted to express the inner workings of the human psyche. Miró used color and form in a symbolic rather than literal manner, his intricate compositions combining abstract elements with recurring motifs like birds, eyes, and the moon. “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music,” he said. While he prized artistic freedom, Miró revered art history, basing a series of works on the Dutch Baroque interiors of Hendrick Sorgh and Jan Steen. In turn, Miró has inspired many artists—significantly Arshile Gorky, whose bold linear abstractions proved a foundational influence on Abstract Expressionism.

Joan Miró

Alice Paalen, Sablier Couché, 1938

The signed and numbered etching in red, on yellow paper pasted on to Arches laid paper
20 7/10 × 14 3/5 in
52.7 × 37.2 cm
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