Joan Miró, ‘The Lizard with the Golden Feathers (Le Lezard aux plumes d'or)’, 1967, Julie Torchia Fine Art Consulting

In 1967, Miro first conceived The Lizard with the Golden Feathers as a suite of lithographs published alongside an original poem in an elaborate lose leaf portfolio. Due to defects in the paper, the album was never released and some impressions were destroyed. Some of the lithographs were offered for sale, and according to the catalogue raisonne, there were probably 30 proofs on parchment, 50 proofs on Japon, and some on Rives vellum.

This work is a proof on japon paper.

Miro created a new suite of lithographs in 1971, and he released a separate set of lithographs under the same title.

Series: The Lizard with the Golden Feathers (Le Lezard aux plumes d'or)

Publisher: Louis Border, Paris and printed at the Atelier of Fernand Mourlot, Paris

Catalogue Raisonne: Joan Miro Lithographs: Volume III, published by Maeght, No 515

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