Joan Miró, ‘UNTITLED from Maravillas con Variaciones Acrósticas en el Jardín de Miró’, 1975, Galerie d'Orsay

Translated title: Wonders with Acrostic Variations in the Garden of Miró. A superb impression of the definitive state, from the separate edition of 1500 (apart from the book edition of 315). One of 22 original lithographs commissioned to illustrate the text of the same title by Rafael Alberti, published by Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A., Barcelona; printed by La Polígrafa, S.A., Barcelona. In excellent condition, with strong, fresh colors, printed on full sheet. Maeght 1067; Cramer 211.

Signature: Signed on the stone lower right Miró.

Publisher: Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A., Barcelona

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