Joan Miró, ‘L'homme au Balancier’, 1969, Heritage Auctions
Joan Miró, ‘L'homme au Balancier’, 1969, Heritage Auctions
Joan Miró, ‘L'homme au Balancier’, 1969, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Crease in upper left corner and center left edge; adhesive stains on upper right and lower corners on verso; soft handling creases through out. Hinged on all four corners so verso was not examined so as not to further damage the work. Framed Dimensions: 34.5 X 27.5 Inches

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Published by Maeght, Paris

Dupin, 507

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