Joan Miró, ‘Les Orfèvres: one plate’, 1971-73, Christie's
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Joan Miró

Les Orfèvres: one plate, 1971-73

Unique mono-etching with hand-coloring in pastel and crayon, on Arches paper
35 2/5 × 24 4/5 in
89.9 × 62.9 cm
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Signed in pencil, published by Maeght, Paris, the full sheet, generally in very good condition, …

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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró, ‘Les Orfèvres: one plate’, 1971-73, Christie's
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Signed in pencil, published by Maeght, Paris, the full sheet, generally in very good condition, framed
Sheet: 35 3/8 x 24 ¾ in. (899 x 629 mm.)

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This work is from the series of 35 unique hand-colored mono-etchings of which Roman numerals I-XXX were reserved for Frank Daluiso, Rancho Palos Verdes, …

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Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró

Les Orfèvres: one plate, 1971-73

Unique mono-etching with hand-coloring in pastel and crayon, on Arches paper
35 2/5 × 24 4/5 in
89.9 × 62.9 cm
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