Joan Miró, ‘The Octopus Hunter | Le Chasseur de Pieuvres’, 1969, Gilden's Art Gallery

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

Title: The Octopus Hunter | Le Chasseur de Pieuvres, 1969

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Etching and Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 105 x 66.5 cm. / 41.3 x 26.2 in.

Additional Information: This original etching and aquatint with carborundum is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Miró" at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 75, at the lower left margin. There were also a small number of hors commerce impressions.
It was printed in a limited edition of 75 signed and numbered impressions by Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris, in 1969 and it was published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris in the same year.
The paper bears the Arches watermark at the right margin.

Literature: Dupin, J. (1991). Miró Engraver, Vol. III 1973-1975. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong.
Reference: Dupin 490

Condition: Good condition. Uneven mount staining in all margins. Remnants of adhesive hinging in the upper corners, verso.

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