Joan Miró, ‘Gaudi III’, 1979, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Joan Miró, ‘Gaudi III’, 1979, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Joan Miró, ‘Gaudi III’, 1979, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Printed by: Joan Barbara, Barcelona
Note: This work was part of a series dedicated to Antoni Gaudí, whose vision represented a great source of inspiration for Miró. The series was the result of a collaboration between the artist and the engraver Joan Barbarà. It comprises 21 prints in which Miró used all conceivable resources, ranging from traditional techniques to the most innovative methods, such as etching, sugar-lift aquatint, carborundum, embossing, and collage. Miró worked from a series of preliminary sketches and originals made with pencil, pastel, ink, gouache, and collage.
The original designs for the Gaudí series were finished before Barbarà began his collaboration with Miró. All the matrices that were used for this series were copper plates, some plated with nickel. The creative process for this series took place at the Son Boter studio beginning in 1976; it was then printed in Barcelona in 1979, in an edition of 50.
The result of this process is a gallery of images in which the sobriety of the black hues contrasts with the palette of blues, reds, yellows, and greens. All of these colours often configure a sort of multi-shaped, uneven grid whose changing geometry suggests the kaleidoscopic, irregular mosaic work used by Gaudí to envelop his architectural elements. The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró holds all the original designs that were used as a starting point for this series, as well as a large number of plates and colour proofs. Altogether, the Fundació's collection includes about 90 works related to this series.

Series: Gaudi

Signature: signed in pencil

Publisher: Maeght, Barcelona

Dupin ; Miro Engravings, Volume IV - Number 1062

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