Joan Miró, ‘Maquette for: Persontage I Estels I’, 1979, Christie's

Inscribed I in grey crayon verso, authenticated in pencil verso by Rosa Maria Malet, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2/IX/2008), with deckle edges above and below, in good condition.
Image & Sheet 910 x 634 mm.

From the Catalogue:
Lots 74 & 75 are maquettes for the series Personatge I Estels I (Figure and Stars) , a set of seven etchings which Miró made with the printer Joan Barbará in Barcelona and which were published by Maeght in 1979. These remarkable working proofs reveal the artist’s experimental method of creating an image by placing and re-positioning the compositional elements in a playful way across the picture plane, using collage, brush and ink, and hand-colouring.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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Joan Miró – Miró, inèdit I pòtum/ Miró, oeuvres in inèdits, Musée d’art modern Céret, 19 June -19 September 1993, no. 44.

See Dupin 1088

Joan Barbará (1927-2013), Barcelona; then by descent to the present owner

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