Joan Miró, ‘Composition IV, from: Rockets | Composition IV, from: Fusées’, 1959, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original etching with additional hand-colouring is hand signed in pencil by the artist ''Miró'' at the lower right margin.
The work is also hand numbered in pencil "20/40" at the lower left margin.
Only forty impressions of the total edition of 150 received additional hand-colouring, each of these are unique.
This etching was printed by Crommelynck & Dutrou, Paris and published by Louis Broder, Paris in 1959.

The collaboration between Miró and Aldo Crommelynck began in 1957, where the artist also began working with Robert Dutrou. Within two years he created what is considered the finest illustration of the celebrated French Surrealist poet, René Char’s poem Nous Avons [We Have]. The artist referred to these works as Fusées [Rockets] and they depict two compositions explored in numerous colour combinations, reflecting the shifting of time found in Char’s poem.

Provenance: Formes Gallery, Osaka / Nagoya, Japan (active 1950's-1970's)


  1. Dupin, J. (1984). Miró Engraver, Vol. I 1928-1960. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong.
    Reference: Dupin 251
  2. Cramer, P. (1989) Joan Miro - The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonne. Geneva: Patrick Cramer
    Reference: Cramer Books 54

Condition: Very good condition. Sheet reduced on all sides. Slight waviness to the sheet.

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