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Joan Miró: The 1940s: Pochoirs, etchings, and a lithograph

Miró 1930s / Miró 1930s_2 / Miró 1940s / Miró L'Antitete / Miró 1950-53 / Miró 1953-56 / Miró 1956: Prevert / Miró 1957-60
Miró 1961 / Miró 1963 / Miró 1963-65 / Miró Flux (1964) / Miro Ubu Roi / Miró 1966-69 /
Miró Sans le Soleil / Miró Sans le Soleil 2 / Miró Sans le Soleil 3
Miró 1970-73 / Miró Lezard (1971) / Miró Beasts (1972) / Miró Lithographs (1972) / Miro 1974-79 / Miró Lithographe 2 1975
Miró Lapidari 1981

Heroic Poetry: Brinkman / Frankenthaler / Mitchell / Motherwell / Nevelson / Tàpies
After the fall of the Spanish Republic, Miro took refuge with Braque in Varengeville, France, where he began work on The Constellations, a series of small gouaches. With the German invasion of France, however, and the collapse of French resistance as German troops drove towards the southeast, Miro, in a state of near despair, snuck back into Spain and spent the next several years finishing The Constellations and beginning a series of 40 black and white lithographs known as the Barcelona Series, in which all of the savagery of both the Spanish Civil War and the German invasion of France, Miro's second country and hoped-for refuge, is depicted (Miro would later return to this style and imagery in the black and white lithographs of the Ubu Roi series of 1966). After the liberation of France in 1944, Miro felt a new sense of hope. He visited the U.S., worked with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York, executed several new pochoirs and some etchings with hand coloring via pochoir on small irregularly cut plates, and, after signing up with Aimé Maeght's new gallery, began turning more to color lithography.
Femmes et oiseaux devant la nuit / Women and birds in the night (Dupin 49). Original color pochoir (stencil), 1947. 1500 impressions loosely inserted in copies of The Prints of Joan Miro, published by Curt Valentin. This work is illustrated in Walter Erben's Joan Miró (Munchen: Prestel-Verlag, 1959), p. 17. An important work. Image size: 280x220mm. Price: $2775.
Femmes et oiseaux devant la lune / Women and birds by moonlight (Dupin 50). Original color pochoir (stencil), 1947. 1500 impressions loosely inserted in copies of The Prints of Joan Miro, published by Curt Valentin. Image size: 280x220mm. Price: $2775.
Femme et Oiseau devant la Lune (Dupin 51). Original etching and aquatint, 1947. 300 signed, dated, and numbered impressions for the Laurels Number One Portfolio, of which ours is 255/300. Printed at Atelier 17 in New York. A superb, dark impression of this early print. Three light stains c. one inch from the platemark. A rare and beautiful print. Image size: 110x150mm. Price: SOLD.
L'Antitete (Dupin 59, Cramer 20). Original etching with hand-coloring printed from a hand-shaped copperplate, 1947. 200 unsigned impressions without the hand-coloring for Tristran Tzara's L'Antitete, part III: Le Désespéranto. of the total edition of 200 books signed by Miró and Tzara, only 31 sets of the books (8 on imperial Japon paper and 23 on Van Gelder Holland paper) came with unsigned impressions hand-colored by pochoir. Ours is one of only a few artist's proofs with hand-coloring signed by Miro. Published by Bordas (Paris) in 1949. (There are also five signed proofs on larger paper without the hand-coloring.) Extremely rare. Provenance: Sold in 1947 by Galerie Gerald Cramer; repurchased from the oringinal buyer by Galerie Patrick Cramer in 2001. Image size: 142x114mm. Price: $17,500.

Click here for a complete set of trial proofs of the unsigned etchings and four of the separate suite of unsigned etchings hand-colored by pochoir.
Serie V (D. 96). Original etching, 1947-53. 13 signed & numbered impressions + an unknown (but very small) number of impressions from the cancelled plate. Executed at Atelier 17 in NY in 1947 and printed at Atelier Lacourière in Paris in 1952-53. Very, very rare in both states. Impressions from the cancelled plate were published in in Dix Ans d'Edition in 1956 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Galerie Maeght, Miró's dealer. Image size: 148x125mm. Price: $1775.
Saccades (Dupin 332, Benhoura 456). Original color etching, 1947-1962 (See Dupin, Miró Graveur I, 17). 125 numbered impressions for Trois Livres de Poemes Illustres Par Joan Miró (1962) as follows: 1/125-15/125 on Japon, 16/125-40/125 on hand-made Auveregne (of which ours is one), and 41/125-125/125 on Rives (each of the books were signed, but not individual prints). There are also 40 signed impressions. Miró began the plate in 1947 at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 and returned to it in 1962 to add the detailing in black. Image size: 355x265mm. Price: $3500.
La lumiere de la lame (Dupin 320, Benhoura 456). Original color etching, 1947-1962 (See Dupin, Miró Graveur I, 17). 125 numbered impressions for Trois Livres de Poemes Illustres Par Joan Miró (1962) as follows: 1/125-15/125 on Japon, 16/125-40/125 on hand-made Auveregne (of which ours is one), and 41/125-125/125 on Rives (each of the books were signed, but not individual prints). There are also 40 signed impressions. Miró began the plate in 1947 at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 and returned to it in 1962 to add the detailing in orange. Image size: 355x265mm. Price: $3500.
Bird, Star, Sun and Sky (M. 69). Original color lithograph, 1948. c.1000 unsigned impressions published in the deluxe art review, Derrière le Miroir (1948). One of Miro's first color lithographs. Image size: 258x265mm. Price: $1500.

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