Joan Miró, ‘The Cheerful Ogre’, 1969, Christopher-Clark Fine Art
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Joan Miró

The Cheerful Ogre, 1969

Etching, aquatint, carborundum
28 3/4 × 41 7/8 in
73 × 106.4 cm
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San Francisco
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Christopher-Clark Fine Art
San Francisco

Original etching, aquatint and carborundum printed in colors on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES / …

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Hand signed lower right
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, ‘The Cheerful Ogre’, 1969, Christopher-Clark Fine Art
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Original etching, aquatint and carborundum printed in colors on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES / FRANCE” watermark

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Miró.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 75, numbered in pencil lower left. Published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris; printed by …

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Hand signed lower right
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

The Cheerful Ogre, 1969

Etching, aquatint, carborundum
28 3/4 × 41 7/8 in
73 × 106.4 cm
Sold
Location
San Francisco
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