Joan Miró, ‘The Gardner's Daughter’, 1963, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2018


Joan Miro’ was a Spanish artist and one of the major artists of the 20th century. Considered a Surrealist, for the dreamlike automatism of his works. He was a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, creator of tapestries, book illustrator, stage designer and a very prolific and experimental printmaker using etching, engraving, aquatint and lithography in his works on paper. He created 1269 individual lithographs and 1325 etchings, engraving and aquatints in various edition sizes, In 1954 he received the first price for printmaking at the Venice Biennale.
Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art

Publisher: Maeght for Derriere le Miroir

Ref. Mourlot Vol. II, no. 347, page 219

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