Joan Miró, ‘La Captive’, 1969, New River Fine Art

This stunning and incredibly captivating piece by Joan Miró is one which inspires the imagination and transforms our perception of reality. A central figure dominates the composition with two, seemingly characteristic eyes, one red and one blue. Again, Miró's use of primary color serves as the perfect complement to his bold, black strokes that outline the shapes and figures. Unique to the print itself, is the textured carborundum which has been meticulously applied, giving the work an added three-dimensional quality unlike any other print produced during this period.
Created in 1969, this original color etching and aquatint with carborundum is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right and annotated "HC", lower left. Printed by Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris on Arches paper and published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris. A bold, vibrant impression, aside from the numbered edition of 50. In excellent condition.

Signature: Signed, lower right.

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