Joan Miró, ‘Femmes et Oiseau devant la Nuit; and Femmes et Oiseau devant la lune (D. 47 and 48)’, 1947, Sotheby's
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Joan Miró

Femmes et Oiseau devant la Nuit; and Femmes et Oiseau devant la lune (D. 47 and 48), 1947

Two etchings, the first printed in colors, the second with handcoloring
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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró, ‘Femmes et Oiseau devant la Nuit; and Femmes et Oiseau devant la lune (D. 47 and 48)’, 1947, Sotheby's
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Each signed in pencil and dated, the first numbered 53/100, the second inscribed "XXIII/L", both from the total numbered edition of 1500, on wove paper, printed by Atelier 17, New York, published by Curt Valentin, New York, framed together (2 prints).

plates: 125 by 150 mm 4 7/8 by 5 7/8 in
sheets: 280 by 217 …

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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró

Femmes et Oiseau devant la Nuit; and Femmes et Oiseau devant la lune (D. 47 and 48), 1947

Two etchings, the first printed in colors, the second with handcoloring
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