Note: The dramatic large scale of the etching plates that Miró was able to use in the late 1970’s and the extreme invention and energy with which he worked the plate surface make his etchings of this period amongst the most exciting of his long oeuvre. The complications of printing them, bringing out the …

Medium
Condition
Superb impression with dramatic colour and inking. Outstandingly fine condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 30. (There were also 15 proofs)
Frame
Included
Series
No VIII in the series: ‘Els Gossos – The Dogs’ 1979.
Publisher
Edition issued by Galerie Maeght Barcelona

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.

High auction record
£23.6m, Sotheby's, 2012
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2020
Miró the Sculptor: Elements of NatureAcquavella Galleries
2019
Joan Miró: Birth of the WorldThe Museum of Modern Art
2015
Miró in the Rijksmuseum GardensRijksmuseum
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The Dogs. Els Gossos. No VIII, 1979

Original etching with aquatint and textural open-bite in colours
45 7/10 × 28 9/10 in
116 × 73.5 cm
Edition of 30
.
£29,500
Location
London
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Note: The dramatic large scale of the etching plates that Miró was able to use in the late 1970’s …

Medium
Condition
Superb impression with dramatic colour and inking. Outstandingly fine condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 30. (There were also 15 proofs)
Frame
Included
Series
No VIII in the series: ‘Els Gossos – The Dogs’ 1979.
Publisher
Edition issued by Galerie Maeght Barcelona

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.

High auction record
£23.6m, Sotheby's, 2012
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Joan Miró
Other works from William Weston Gallery Ltd.
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