Joan Miró, ‘Le Grand Ordinateur’, 1969, New River Fine Art

Etching, aquatint and carborundum in colors, 1969, on Arches, signed in pencil and inscribed "HC", and Hors Commerce, aside from the regular edition of 75 (there were also a few artist's proofs), published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, the full sheet. P. 39 3/8 x 25¼ in. (1016 x 641 mm.) S. 41¼ x 26 7/8 (1048 x 683 mm.).

“Le Grand Ordinateur” is a masterpiece from the prolific oeuvre of Joan Miro. Created in his mature stage in the late 1960s, this work exudes confidence in style and composition, and highlights the most recognizable traits of the artist’s visual language based on the purity of poetic emotion and spontaneity of execution. Translated as “The Great Computer”, this etching is more conceptual than abstract, clearly referring to the advances in technology that were happening at the time.

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