Joan Miró, ‘Les brisants (The Breakers): two impressions’, 1958, Phillips

Both images: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (13.3 x 9.5 cm)
One sheet: 10 5/8 x 6 1/2 in. (27 x 16.5 cm)
One sheet: 7 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. (18.8 x 28.2 cm)

Signature: One dated '29/5/57' and 'II' by Miró in pencil, and also annotated 'rehaussée crayon couleur JM' (enhanced with color crayon) by Piero Crommelynck in pencil, and one annotated 'specimen livre' (book specimen) and 'épreuve unique' (unique proof) by Piero Crommelynck in pencil (both working proofs, before the edition of 65 and 10 in Roman numerals), printed by Crommelynck et Dutrou and published by Guy Lévis Mano, Paris, both unframed.

Jacques Dupin 238 and 241
see Patrick Cramer Books 46

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