Joan Miró, ‘Composition’, 1964, ArtWise

Framed in a Black Wood Frame with a Cream Mat. Lithograph by Joan Miro entitled Composition from the book titled "Prints from the Mourlot Press" published in Paris, 1964, first edition, 2000 copies, plate signed. Reference Cramer 91; Mourlot 332-333. Plate signed. The book also contained several lithographic plates after and 18 lithographs (15 in colors) by Picasso (Bloch 1846; G.&C.128); Chagall (Mourlot 415; Sorlier 87; Cramer 60); ; Braque; EstËve; Villon; Matisse (Duthuit 91); Giacometti; Andre Brasilier; Cocteau; Minaux; Paul Jenkins; Calder and others.

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