Joan Miró, ‘Pl. 9 (From Maravillas Con Variaciones Acrósticas En El Jardin De Miró)’, 1975, Waddington's
Joan Miró, ‘Pl. 9 (From Maravillas Con Variaciones Acrósticas En El Jardin De Miró)’, 1975, Waddington's

Published by Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona

From the Catalogue:
Although Miro adopted printmaking at a late stage of his career, he was constantly looking at new ways to work within this medium. Inspired by the landscape of his garden, Miro’s imagination runs wild in the most abstract way; these simplified forms become iconic of the artist’s late work and showcase his growing confidence as a printmaker.

Playing with a myriad of textures, in Maravillas Con Variaciones Acrósticas en el Jardin de Miro, 1975 Miró creates vignettes giving the print a paint and coloured pencil application, each shape different to the next. In Spanish “Maravillas”, wonders (in English) of the garden - a self-contained ecosystem that brings together plants, insects and animals – the mixture of life is perfectly represented by the variety of forms that intermingle freely in Miró’s abstract interpretation. The various organic shapes are drawn from Miró’s dedication to primary colours of blacks, greens, reds and greens exhibited throughout his oeuvre. Softening the work are large transparent splashes of sepia-coloured circles, bringing earthy sentiments to this natural paradise.
Courtesy of Waddington's

Signature: signed and numbered 22/75 in pencil


Albert White Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection

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