Joan Miró, ‘The Essences of the Earth | Les Essències de la Terra’, 1968, Gilden's Art Gallery

These seven original lithographs in colours are hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miró" verso.
They comprise the seven of the nine works of the portfolio to accompany the book “The Essences of the Earth”, with texts by Juan Perucho and eight old Catalan texts.
It was printed in an edition of 100 signed impressions. However a further 15 deluxe suites were printed and in them Miró included 8 different variations of the lithographs, each one of them hand coloured by hand.
This portfolio was printed in 1968 by Atelier Mourlot, Paris and published by Polígrafa, Barcelona.
The same images were used to illustrate the book “Joan Miró I Catalunya”.

Ours is a unique set of seven of the Bon à Tirer [Good to Print] impressions, each one signed dated and inscribed with the edition details in the verso by Miró.
These are the actual final proofs that Miró approved before printing the rest of the edition.
The inscriptions read as follows:

M. 506, M. 509: “B. a T., 110 ex. + h.C. 25 a ce format sur papier Arches / 70 ex. +h.C. grand format sur papier Japon, Miró / 1/IX/68.”
M. 510, M. 511: “B. a T., 10 ex. + h.C. a ce format sur papier Arches / 70 ex. +h.C. grand format sur papier Japon, Miró / 1/IX/68.”
M. 512, M. 513, M. 514: “70 ex. + h.C. grand format sur papier Japon, Miró / 1/IX/68.”

Literature: Mourlot, F. & Leiris, M. (1977). Joan Miró: Der Lithograph, Vol. III 1964-1969. Geneva: Weber.
Reference: Mourlot 506, 509 - 514.

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