Joan Miró, ‘The Flame Thrower’, 1974, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original etching, aquatint and carborundum printed in colors on Arches wove paper.

Hand signed in pencil lower right Miró.

A superb proof impression of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 75, annotated “H.C.” in pencil lower left (one of a few such proofs reserved for the artist and his collaborators). Published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris; printed by Morsang, Paris.

Catalog: Dupin 650

In excellent condition, with brilliant, fresh colors, printed to the sheet edges.

Signature: Hand signed lower right

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