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Lithograph by artist Joan Miro ÒAnthologie de L'humor noirÓ from book suite on paper. This rare work was originally housed loose (unbound) in the portfolio. The dimensions are approx. 20 x 18 inches. An in-house certificate of authenticity is provided; authentic guaranteed.
Joan Miro (1893-1983) early in his career, Mir— primarily painted still-lifes, landscapes, and genre scenes. Influences ranging from the folk art and Romanesque church frescoes of his native Catalan region in Spain to 17th-century DutchÊrealismÊwere eventually superseded by more contemporary ones:ÊFauvism,ÊCubism, andÊSurrealismÊcaptivated the young artist, who had relocated to Paris in 1921. His exposure to the ideas ofÊAndrŽ BretonÊand Breton's Surrealist circle prompted Mir— to make radical changes to his style, although the artist cannot be said to have identified consistently with a single school. Rather, his artistic career may be characterized as one of persistent experimentation and a lifelong flirtation with non-objectivity. Mir—'s signature biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, and semi-abstracted objects are expressed in multiple media, from ceramics and engravings to large bronze installations.
Along with other Dada and Surrealist artists likeÊJean ArpÊandÊYves Tanguy, Mir— explored the possibility of creating an entirely new visual vocabulary for art that, while not divorced from the objective world, could exist outside of it. Rather than transitioning to complete abstraction, Mir—'s biomorphic forms remained within the bounds of objectivity. However, they were forms of pure invention and were made expressive and imbued with meaning through their juxtaposition with other forms and the artist's use of color. Much has been made of his influence on the Color Field painters -ÊRobert Motherwell,ÊArshile Gorky,ÊJackson Pollock, andÊMark Rothko, among others; onÊAlexander Calder, who was a close friend of Mir—; and, more recently, on designersÊPaul Rand,ÊLucienne Day, andÊJulian Hatton.
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