Joan Miró, ‘ Les Essencies de la Terra’, 1968, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original lithograph printed in four colors (red, green, blue, yellow) on Japan nacre paper, uniquely hand-embellished by the artist

Hand-signed in pencil lower right Miró.

A proof impression, one of 15 such proofs reserved for the artist and his collaborators, annotated “H.C.” (hors commerce) and numbered in pencil lower left, apart from the numbered edition of 100. One of the eight hand-embellished color variants from this series. Published in conjunction with the book of the same title illustrating a text by Juan Perucho and 8 ancient Catalan texts. Published by Poligrafa, Barcelona; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Maeght 580; Cramer 123.

In excellent condition, with strong, fresh colors, on a full sheet.

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