Joan Miró, ‘The Mauve of the Moon Covers the Green of the Frog ’, 1952, Gilden's Art Gallery

JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)

Title: The Mauve of the Moon Covers the Green of the Frog | Le Mauve De La Lune Couvre Le Vert De La Grenouille, 1952

Technique: Hand Signed, Numbered and Dated Etching with Aquatint in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 64.5 x 47.7 cm. / 25.4 x 18.8 in.
Image size: 41.2 x 32 cm. / 16.1 x 12.5 in.

Additional Information: The work is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miró" at the lower right margin.
It is also and hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 300, at the lower left margin.
The print is dated "1952" below the signature.
It was published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris, in 1952 in a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered impressions.

This etching is based on Miró's oil painting of 1951 "Le Mauve De La Lune Couvre Le Vert De La Grenouille" (The Mauve Of The Moon Covers The Green Of The Frog)
The paper bears the Arches watermark.

Literature: Maeght, A. (1957). Maeght Éditeur 1957: Illustrated Catalogue of Eaux-fortes et lithographies originales, Estampes à tirage limité, Affiches & Derrière le miroir. Paris: Maeght
Reference: Maeght 1704

Condition: Very good condition. Remnants of adhesive tape at two points along the upper sheet edge, recto.

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