Joan Miró, ‘Le Somnambule (D. 656)’, 1974, Sotheby's
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Joan Miró

Le Somnambule (D. 656), 1974

Etching and aquatint printed in colors
54 3/10 × 37 4/5 in
138 × 96 cm
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Signed in pencil and numbered 32/50, on Arches wove paper with the Maeght watermark, printed by …

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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró, ‘Le Somnambule (D. 656)’, 1974, Sotheby's
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Signed in pencil and numbered 32/50, on Arches wove paper with the Maeght watermark, printed by Morsang, Paris, published by Maeght, Paris, framed.

plate: 1150 by 744 mm 45 1/4 by 29 1/4 in
sheet: 1380 by 960 mm 54 3/8 by 37 3/4 in

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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró

Le Somnambule (D. 656), 1974

Etching and aquatint printed in colors
54 3/10 × 37 4/5 in
138 × 96 cm
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