Joan Miró, ‘Le styx: three impressions’, 1958, Phillips

All images: approx. 7 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (18 x 24 cm)
One sheet: 11 1/4 x 14 7/8 in. (28.6 x 37.8 cm)
One sheet: 9 7/8 x 13 1/8 in. (25.1 x 33.3 cm)
One sheet: 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 in. (29.8 x 39.6 cm)
From the Catalogue:
The meaning of the word Styx relates to a goddess in Greek mythology and the river between Earth and the Underworld having miraculous powers.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: One of just the black plate dated '5/6/57' by Miró in pencil, and one unique color trial proof in green, and one signed, dated '16/7/58' and annotated 'Bon à tirer après corrections pour cent épreuves' with further printing annotations by Miró in pencil (two trial proofs and the good-to-print proof impression, before the edition of 75), printed by Crommelynck et Dutrou and published by Maeght, Paris, all unframed.

Jacques Dupin 159

Piero Crommelynck Collection, Paris
(inkstamp on reverse)

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