Joan Miró, ‘Arrow Head | Tête Flêche’, 1968, Gilden's Art Gallery

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 "16/75" 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.

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. Pale staining in the margins. Backboard staining in the centre of the sheet, verso.

About Joan Miró

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.

Spanish, 1893-1983, Barcelona, Spain, based in Paris and Catalonia, Spain

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Small bronzes, Galerie Lelong & Co, Paris
2016
Prints, Galerie Lelong & Co, Paris
2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2015
Riopelle | Miro: Color, Acquavella Galleries, New York
2015
Miró in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Small bronzes, Galerie Lelong & Co, Paris
2016
Prints, Galerie Lelong & Co, Paris
2015
Miró in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
2014

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Prière de Toucher - Homage to Maeght, Omer Tiroche Gallery, London
2017
Summer Exhibition 2017, Connaught Brown, London
2017
Time & Place, Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami
2017
2016
Masters of Distinction, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2016
2015
Riopelle | Miro: Color, Acquavella Galleries, New York
2015
Tempo, Opera Gallery, Monaco
2015
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
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