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Joan Miro limited edition lithograph on cream colored wove arches paper â€œUntitledâ€ from the very rare Prints of Miro portfolio; published in 1947 in an edition of only 1,500 examples. The dimensions are approx 10 x 9 inches. This piece was originally housed loose (unbound) in the portfolio. A complete example of the portfolio is listed by a gallery in Spain for $5,300.
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Combining Abstract Art with Surrealism, Joan MirÃ³â€™s oeuvre is internationally respected. Born April 20, 1893, in Barcelona, Spain, Joan MirÃ³ Ferra was exposed to art at an early age through his watchmaker father. At the age of 14, he went to business school in Barcelona while also attending La Lonjaâ€™s Escuela Superior de Artes Industriales y Bellas Artes. Choosing business over art, he took a position as a clerk, but suffered a nervous breakdown. Abandoning business, he resumed his art studies and attended Francesc GalÃâ€™s Escola dâ€™Art in Barcelona from 1912 to 1915. Receiving early encouragement from the dealer JosÃ© Dalmau, MirÃ³â€™s first show occurred at his gallery in 1918 where his work was ridiculed and defaced. His works during this time reflected the influence of Fauvism and folkloric Catalan art as is seen in Chapel of Sant Joan dâ€™Horta (1917), but he was also drawn to Cubism and Surrealism.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York held MirÃ³â€™s first major museum retrospective in 1941, and that same year MirÃ³ began working in ceramics with Josep LlorÃ©ns y Artigas. Always trying to find new ways to express himself, it was during 1948â€“49 when MirÃ³ lived in Barcelona, and made frequent visits to Paris that he began to experiment with his printmaking techniques at the Mourlot Studios and the Atelier LacouriÃ¨re. Such printmaking techniques would result in his later mastering of aquatints and carborundum, some of the most difficult graphic works to create.
A true master of the printmaking medium, MirÃ³ received the Grand Prize for Graphic Work at the Venice Biennale in 1954, and his work was included in the first Documenta exhibition in Kassel the following year. In 1958, he was given a Guggenheim International Award for murals for the UNESCO building in Paris and the following year he resumed painting, initiating a series of mural-sized canvases. During the 1960s, he began to work intensively in sculpture and was particularly captivated by glass as is evidenced in his commissioned mural Personnage Oiseaux (1972-1978) which combines one million pieces of marble and Venetian glass. A man whose art rose to international acclaim with the help of the Surrealist movement, MirÃ³ was honored with many retrospectives during his lifetime and worked until he passed away of heart disease in December 25, 1983, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.