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Joan Miró, ‘Ubu Roi (Cramer Bks. 107)’, 1966, Sotheby's

Property from a California Collector

Comprising 13 lithographs printed in colors, signed in pencil on the colophon, numbered 13 (total edition was 205), on Arches wove paper, loose (as issued), with text by Alfred Jarry, printed by Mourlot, published by Tériade, Paris, contained within the original cloth-covered boards and slipcase (13 prints).

sheet approx.: 420 by 323 mm 16 1/2 by 11 3/4 in
overall: 480 by 368 by 84 mm 18 7/8 by 14 1/2 by 3 1/4 in

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