Joan Miró, ‘Les Deux Amis’, 1969, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Joan Miró, ‘Les Deux Amis’, 1969, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Joan Miró, ‘Les Deux Amis’, 1969, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Printed by: Atelier Maeght , Saint Paul
Condition: In very good condition. Tape verso from previous framing

Size: Image: 70.5 x 106.5 cms ; Sheet: 133.2 x 95.5
Note: Two figures appear. Defined at first by their large eyes, we look at them from profile view. The larger figure on the left has a wide yellow eye with a brilliant red pupil, and the smaller figure on the right has an eye of the same red colouring, but with a black pupil. The pair reaches up and out toward one another and makes contact in the upper middle of the etching – the focal point of the artwork. Our eyes are drawn up both of the friends, and their eyes appear titled towards the point where they touch.

Signature: signed in pencil

Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris, France

Reference: Dupin, Jacques. Miró Engraver, vol. II 1961 – 1973, Rizzoli: New York, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 493 on pg. 142.

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