Phillips: Evening & Day Editions (July 2020) - Phillips
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Phillips
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Signed and annotated 'HC' in pencil (an hors commerce, the edition was 75)

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.

High auction record
£23.6m, Sotheby's, 2012
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2020
Miró the Sculptor: Elements of NatureAcquavella Galleries
2019
Joan Miró: Birth of the WorldThe Museum of Modern Art
2015
Miró in the Rijksmuseum GardensRijksmuseum
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La Femme des sables (The Woman of the Sands), 1959

Etching and aquatint in colors with carborundum, on Arches paper, the full sheet.
41 1/2 × 26 3/10 in
105.4 × 66.7 cm
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P
Phillips
Medium
Signature
Signed and annotated 'HC' in pencil (an hors commerce, the edition was 75)

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.

High auction record
£23.6m, Sotheby's, 2012
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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