Joan Miró, ‘Figure and Bird | Personnage et Oiseau’, 1948, Gilden's Art Gallery

JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca

Title: Figure and Bird | Personnage et Oiseau, 1948

Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Inscribed Lithograph in Colours on BFK Rives Wove Paper

Paper size: 65.2 x 50.5 cm. / 25.7 x 19.9 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Miró” at the lower left image.
It is also hand numbered inscribed in pencil “épreuve d’essai” [artist’s proof], at the lower left corner.
Our impression is one of a small number of artist’s proofs before the standard edition of 75, with the lithographic registrations in the margins.
The work is further dated in pencil “Paris 17/12/48” below the signature.
It was printed in February and March 1948 by Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris and published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris.
The paper bears the BFK Rives watermark along the upper right margin.

Literature: Mourlot, F. & Leiris, M. (1972). Joan Miró: Der Lithograph, Vol. I 1930-1952. Geneva: Weber.
Reference: Mourlot 68

Condition: Excellent condition.

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