Joan Miró, ‘Eustache (M.1024) ’, Martin Lawrence Galleries

A particularly charming example of Miró’s lithography, Eustache features a bird-like figure looking upward as if to be fed. Filling almost the entire page, the bird’s body is black while its head and tail are elaborately bedecked in color. Reds, pinks, blues and greens combine on the bird’s head to create a background from which its bright yellow eye and red beak seem to pop. A speckled pattern gives depth to the ground and carries into the body of the bird, creating the effect of texture and dimension. Brightly colored balls seem to float around the bird bringing energy and additional color to the composition.
This fun and cheery image represents that which is most desirable in a Miró lithograph – color, form and skillful execution. With its delicately speckled background it also strongly resembles his popular aquatints which often feature a similar background effect from softly applied color. This work would complement beautifully any collection of Miró works but could also serve as an excellent starting point for a new Miró collector.

Signature: Signed by the Artist

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

Publisher: Joan Miró; Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris.

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