Joan Miró, ‘Maquette for Personatge I Estels (Figures and Stars): IV       ’, 1979, Sims Reed Gallery

Inscribed 'IV' in grey crayon verso.
Authenticated in pencil verso by Rosa Maria Malet, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2/IV/2008).
A maquette for the 'Personatge I Estels' series made in the same year. (cf. Dupin 1091).
The published edition was made with etching. Miró experimented with different materials on this maquette, which incorporates aquatint elements on the cut-out paper used as collage on the support; black ink and pastel has also been used over an etched background.
Edition printed by Joan Barbarà

Publisher: Published by Maeght.

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