Joan Miró, ‘Palotin Giron’, 1955, Garvey | Simon

The Paladins (Les Palotins), sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, were the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, according to the literary cycle known as the "Matter of France." They first appear in the early folklore, where they represent Christian martial valor against the Saracen hordes. The Paladins and their associated exploits are largely later fictional inventions, with some basis on historical Frankish events of the 8th century.

The work is in excellent condition and is framed.

Signature: Hand-signed and dated lower right; numbered 7/50 lower left

Publisher: Galerie Maeght, Paris

Joan Miro "Lithographe II 1953-1963" (2nd Vol in Five Volume Catalogue Raisonne), Maeght Editeur, Paris, 1975 NO. 147

Published in 1955 by Galerie Maeght, Paris;
Private Collection;
Pace Prints, New York, NY;
(Sold through Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York) to Private Collection, Dallas, TX;
Garvey|Simon, New York, NY

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