Joan Miró, ‘UNTITLED from Le Lezard aux Plumes d’Or’, 1971, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Series: A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 50 on this paper, numbered in pencil in the image lower left. One of fifteen color lithographs created to illustrate the text Le Lezard aux Plumes d’Or, a series of the artist’s own poems

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the image at the center of the right edge Miró.

Publisher: Published by Louis Broder, Paris; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

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