Joan Miró, ‘Composition VI, from: The Ring of Dawn | La Bague d'Aurore’, 1957, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original etching is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miró" at the lower right margin.
It is also hand inscribed in pencil “épreuve d’artiste” [artist’s proof] and numbered from the edition of ten at the lower left margin.
Our impression is one of ten artist’s proofs, aside from the standard edition of 60.
It is part of the “Suite - La Bague d’Aurore" (The ring of dawn) a portfolio of 23 plates Miró realised to illustrate René Crevel’s book of poems.
Only six of these were used in the book, while the rest were published as a suite by Louis Broder, Paris in a limited edition of 60 hand signed and numbered impressions on Rives paper. The total edition was of 130.
The etching was printed in 1957 by Crommelynck et Drutrou, Paris.
The paper bears the BFK watermark in the lower right margin.


  1. Dupin, J. (1984). Miró Engraver, Vol. I 1928-1960. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong.
    Reference: Dupin 128.
  2. Cramer, P. (1989). Miró: Catalogue des Livres Ilustrées. Paris: Edition Cramer,
    Reference: Cramer 45.

Condition: Excellent condition.

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