Joan Miró, ‘Constellations’, 1959, ArtWise

Reference #10 from J. Corredor-Matheos, 'Miro's Posters', 1980 This poster was produced for the presentation at Berggruen and Cie. It derives from the exhibition book "Joan Miro: Constellations" published in 1959, New York by Pierre Matisse, with text by Andre Breton and facsimile reproduction of the series of water colors. The piece is printed on standard paper. 150 coloured lithographs were printed avant la lettre on Arches paper, numbered and signed. Size 65 x 49 cm. Bibliography: Mourlot, F: "Les affiches originales des maitres de l'Ecole de Paris: Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Leger, Matisse, Miro, Picasso" Andre Sauret Ed., Montecalro, 1959, #100 ; Queneau, R: "Joan Miro Litografo II" Ed. Poligrafa, S.A., Barcelona, 1975, pg 119, #191 Miroís art is based on the purity of poetic emotion and spontaneity of execution. The artist also found his favorite medium in lithography. The importance of his graphic work, continuous renewal and enrichment of his style show the high value which the artist attached to this medium of expression. Miro uses black ink with a range of values and refined tones, reaching wild and playful effects. With elements derived from Catalan traditional art and a spatiality, Miro gave his objects and symbols a proper life as subjects of stories from other worldly microcosms - the ideal reflection of a world longed for by the artist.

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