Joan Miró, ‘Le Chasseur de Pieuvres (The Octopus Hunter)’, 1969, Masterworks Fine Art

Created in 1969, this color etching, aquatint and carborundum on Arches wove paper is hand signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin and marked H.C. (Hors d’Commerce or artist’s proof) in pencil in the lower left, aside from an edition of 75; published by Maeght éditeur, Paris; printed by Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris.

Signature: This work is hand signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin

Publisher: Maeght Editeur

Dupin, James. Miró Engraver: Volume II 1961-1973. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 490.

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