Joan Miró, ‘Femme’, 1965, William Weston Gallery Ltd.

A unique original work, painted by Miró over woodcut elements in black.
Note: This work was painted in 1965 by Miró to accompany the album ‘Femmes’.
During the mid 1960’s Miró was very interested in mixed-media works and for this version he included forms printed from elements of woodblock which he had used, in print form, to decorate the title and introduction pages of the ‘Femmes’ album.
It is extremely rare for any of the watercolours from the ‘Femmes’ series to appear on the market.
Superb fresh colours on cream Arches paper. Painted to full sheet size.

Signature: Signed in pencil

Jaques Dupin - Miro page 39-393.
Patrick Cramer - Miró Work for Illustrated Books no 105.

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