Joan Miró, ‘UNTITLED from LE MARTEAU SANS MAÎTRE’, 1976, Galerie d'Orsay

In excellent condition, with bright, fresh colors, printed on a sheet with full margins.

Series: A superb impression of the definitive state from the deluxe edition of 50, numbered “XXX/L” in pencil the margin lower left (apart from the unsigned edition of 125). One of twenty-six plates accompanying the poems of René Char in the album of the same title. Published by Le Vent d’Arles, Paris, 1976; printed by Morsang, Paris.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Miró.

Publisher: Le Vent d’Arles, Paris, 1976

Dupin 955; Cramer 216.

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