Joan Miró, ‘Ruthven Todd Album, Poem for Diane Bouchard: three impressions’, 1947, Phillips
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Joan Miró

Ruthven Todd Album, Poem for Diane Bouchard: three impressions, 1947

Three aquatints in colors (one with unique manuscript engraving), on Rives BFK paper, with full margins
12 9/10 × 9 4/5 in
32.7 × 25 cm
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All images: 7 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. (20 x 17 cm)
Two sheets: approx. 14 7/8 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm)
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Annotated 'essai encrage couleur' (color ink test), 'essai encrage' (ink test), and 'essai encrage' (ink test) and 'épreuve unique P' …
Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró, ‘Ruthven Todd Album, Poem for Diane Bouchard: three impressions’, 1947, Phillips
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About the work
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All images: 7 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. (20 x 17 cm)
Two sheets: approx. 14 7/8 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm)
One sheet: 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (32.7 x 25 cm)

Medium
Print
Signature
Annotated 'essai encrage couleur' (color ink test), 'essai encrage' (ink test), and 'essai encrage' (ink test) and 'épreuve unique P' …
Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró

Ruthven Todd Album, Poem for Diane Bouchard: three impressions, 1947

Three aquatints in colors (one with unique manuscript engraving), on Rives BFK paper, with full margins
12 9/10 × 9 4/5 in
32.7 × 25 cm
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