Joan Miró, ‘Eclats’, 1968, Galerie d'Orsay

Fresh crisp colors, full margins. Joan Miró that found printmaking made his paintings richer and inspired him with new ideas for his works. Through his use of an abrasive ground in his engravings, known as carborundum, Miró was able to create a textured surface in his prints. Through his combination of techniques including carborundum, etchings and aquatints, Miró set an incomparable standard for the possibilities printmaking opened to artists.

Series: 58/75

Signature: Signed in pencil, lower right

Dupin 449

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