Joan Miró, ‘Le Moulin a Cafe’, 1954, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Joan Miró, ‘Le Moulin a Cafe’, 1954, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Joan Miró, ‘Le Moulin a Cafe’, 1954, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

For the painting prototype see: Dupin: Joan Miró: Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings, Vol I: 1908-1930, Successió Miró: Paris, 1999. The original painting, "Le Moulin a Café" of 1918 is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 56 on pg 50.
Note 2: With this early composition Miro focusses the viewers attention through the manipulation of form and limited use of colour. Miro infuses the work with a sense of agitation and movement. Pivotal in the use of collage this work has an inventive modulation and abstraction of each element the is highlighted by the inclusion of the boldly printed advertisement which reads “The very best collection of souvenir postcards of New York City, 30 for 25, The Novelty Shop”
Printed by: Visat, Paris (this name is engraved in the plate)

Signature: signed in pencil

Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris, France

Miro, Foundation Maeght, foreword by Jacques Dupin, Saint Paul de Vence, 1968. Reference: Maeght 1701

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