Joan Miró, ‘Espriu-Miro’, 1975, Baterbys Art Gallery

Miro honored several Catalan poets through book collaborations. In 1975, Joan and Miquel Gaspar published a book containing Miro engravings and etchings accompanied by poems by the Catalan poet Salvador Espriu. The book contained nine plates from which 50 copies of each piece were pulled on Guarro paper with the publisher's watermark. This work is number 21/50. The composition contains amorphous black shapes and a red form striking through the image in the center.

Signature: Hand signed in pencil, lower right

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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