Joan Miró, ‘Plate V, from: Series II | Série II’, 1952-1953, Gilden's Art Gallery
Joan Miró, ‘Plate V, from: Series II | Série II’, 1952-1953, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original etching and aquatint in colours is hand signed and dated in pencil by the artist "Miró 1952" at the lower right margin.
The work is also hand numbered in pencil “3/13” at the lower left margin.
It was etched at the Atelier 17, New York in June 1947 and printed at the Atelier Lacourière, Paris. It was published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris, in 1952-53 in a very small, limited edition of only 13 impressions.
The paper bears the Arches watermark.

Note: This work belongs to the second of six series of etchings which Miró made in 1952 and 1953.
The first and second series are more closely related in terms of imagery than the subsequent series.
Both present boldly and broadly drawn figures reminiscent of some of the ceramics Miró was making with Josep Lloréns Artigas at the time, while retaining the sense of fluidity characteristic of Miró's biomorphic forms of this period.
In particular, a number of motifs are to be found in an unpublished set of engravings of 1947 which surround the poems of Ruthven Todd.
Another impression of this same print can be found in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London.

Literature: Dupin, J. (1984). Miró Engraver, Vol. I 1928-1960. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong.
Reference: Dupin 87

Condition: Excellent condition.

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