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Joan Miró, ‘Constellations (Cramer Books 58)’, 1959, Sotheby's

The lithograph signed in pencil and numbered 316/350, also signed on the justification in blue ink and red ball-point pen by the artist and author, respectively, numbered 316, from the total edition of 384, on Arches wove paper, printed by Mourlot Frères, Paris, published by Pierre Matisse, New York, contained in the original paper folders and linen-covered portfolio box (23 prints).

overall: 472 by 382 by 55 mm 18 5/8 by 15 by 2 1/8 in
lithograph (image): 300 by 240 mm 11 3/4 by 9 1/2 in

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