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Joan Miró, ‘Le prophète encercle and Série Mallorca: Plate 29 (D. 396 & 638)’, 1965 and 1973, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

Each signed in pencil, the first numbered 33/75, the second inscribed 'H.C.', an hors commerce impression aside from the edition of 30, on Arches and Guarro wove papers, the first printed by Maeght, Lévallois-Perret, published by Maeght, Paris, the second with the blindstamp of the printer, J.J. Torralba, Rubí, Barcelona, published by Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, framed (2 prints).

the first sheet: 901 by 635 mm 35 1/2 by 25 in
the second sheet: 702 by 862 mm 27 5/8 by 33 7/8 in

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