This etching is part of the series and illustrated book 'Le Courtisan Grotesque' ('The Grotesque Courtier'), published by Iliazd. This is part of the deluxe edition of 12 on Japan paper.

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In excellent condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed in pencil, numbered from the edition of 12 on Japan paper. Printed by Atelier Lacourière and Frélaut, Paris.
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Included (issued by gallery)
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Included
Series
Le Courtisan Grotesque (The Grotesque Courtier)
Publisher
Published by Iliazd, Le Degré 41, Paris.

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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Le Courtisan Grotesque: Plate X, 1974

Etching with aquatint printed in colours, 1974.
16 3/10 × 22 7/10 in
41.3 × 57.7 cm
Edition of 12
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This etching is part of the series and illustrated book 'Le Courtisan Grotesque' ('The …

Medium
Condition
In excellent condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed in pencil, numbered from the edition of 12 on Japan paper. Printed by Atelier Lacourière and Frélaut, Paris.
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Included
Series
Le Courtisan Grotesque (The Grotesque Courtier)
Publisher
Published by Iliazd, Le Degré 41, Paris.

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)
Other works by Joan Miró
Other works from Sims Reed Gallery