Joan Miró, ‘Composition VIII, from: The Essences of the Earth 1968’, 1968, Gilden's Art Gallery

JOAN MIRO 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)

Title: Composition VIII, from: The Essences of the Earth | Les Essencies de la Terra, 1968

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph with Hand-colouring in India Ink on Japon Nacré Paper

Paper size: 49.5 x 36 cm. / 19.4 x 13.9 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph with hand-colouring is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miró" at the lower right image.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 100, at the lower left margin.
Our impression is one of 100 impressions with additional hand colouring by the artist. Each one of them slightly different creating unqiue works.
It is part of the “Les Essències de la Terra” [The Essence of the Earth] a portfolio of nine plates Miró realised to illustrate Juan Perucho’s book of eight Old Catalan texts.
The lithograph was printed in 1970 by Atelier Mourlot, Paris and published by Ediciones Polígrafa, Barcelona in the same year.

Literature: Mourlot, F. & Leiris, M. (1977). Joan Miró: Der Lithograph, Vol. III 1964-1969. Geneva: Weber.
Reference: Mourlot 513

Condition: Very good condition. Minor staining in the lower right corner.

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