Joan Miró, ‘Le Marteau Sans Maitre XXI (The Hammer Without a Master XXI), 1976’, 1976, Masterworks Fine Art

Created in 1976, this color etching and aquatint is the 21st of 23 such images published to accompany a 176 page volume of poems by René Char titled Le Marteau Sans Maitre (The Hammer Without a Master). This work is hand-signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right.From the signed and numbered edition of 50 in Roman numerals, this work was published by Le Vent d’Arles, Paris and printed by Morsang, Paris.

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

  1. Dupin, Jacques. Miró Engraver Volume IV1976-1983. France: Galerie Lelong, 2001. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 964 on pg. 39.

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