Joan Miró, ‘Les Essències de la terra (C. Bks. 123)’, 1968, Sotheby's

Property from a California Collector

Signed in pencil on the colophon, numbered 421 (one of 1000 copies from the regular edition, total edition was 1120), on Guarro wove paper, published by Ediciones Poligrafa, S.A., Barcelona, loose (as issued), contained in the original orange cloth-covered boards and clamshell box.

sheets approx.: 489 by 372 mm 19 1/4 by 14 5/8 in
overall: 532 by 409 by 40 mm 20 7/8 by 16 1/8 by 1 1/2 in

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