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Updated: 6-18-11
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Joan Miró: 1950-1953: etchings and lithographs

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 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 Aime Maeght's new gallery, began turning more to color lithography. He was also introduced to ceramics by his old friend, Josep Llorens Artigas, beginning a collaboration first with Artigas and then with his son Joan Gardy Artigas that lasted until his death. In 1953, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Miró executed 9 original lithographs for a special number of Derrière le Miroir dedicated to his works.
Figure with reddish-orange sun (M. 92). Original color lithograph, 1950. 500 unsigned impressions for an exhibition of Miro's "Sculpture et Art Graphique" at Galerie Maeght. Ours is a very rare pencil-signed impression and one of Miro's first original color lithographs.The work has just undergone conservation and is in excellent condition. Image size: 691x491mm. Price: $5950.
Sur Quatre Murs / On Four Walls (Maeght 1708). Lithograph after a painting, 1951. Edition: 400 signed and numbered impressions plus c. 1200 unsigned impressions published in the deluxe art review Derrière le Miroir, in 1951. This lithograph was done with Miro's approval, under his supervision, and with his participation, after his mural for Harkness Commons at the Harvard Universary Graduate School, now in the Museum of Modern Art in NY. Ours is one of the unsigned impressions with two folds made to fit it into the 1952 issue of Derrière le Miroir of the same title. Miró altered the lithograph slightly, making changes only the artist would dare to make, to introduce more light in the composition now that it was going to be in a much smaller format. The original painting is illustrated as plate 191 in the 1993 Museum of Modern Arts celebration of the 100th anniversary of Miró's birth. A large and very beautiful image dating very early in his career as a lithographer (most of Miró’s early color prints were either etchings or pochoirs; he also made a few woodcuts and one linocut). Image size: 258x795mm. Price: $2250.

Derrière le Miroir was a deluxe art review published by Galerie Maeght, Miró’s dealer from 1948 until, after the death of Aimé Maeght, it metamorphosed into Galerie Maeght Lelong and then Galerie Lelong. Derrière le Miroir was published in a format of 380x280mm (about 15x11 inches) with the sheets unbound and inserted into a cover. For each issue, Galerie Maeght would commission a number of lithographs by the artist or artists featured in their current exhibition. Often, they would also produced a signed and numbered edition for those who might be able to afford it. In the case of this print, one of the 400 signed and numbered impressions would probably sell for about $15,000 to $20,000.
The Bird Flies Away (M. 185).Original color lithograph, 1952. 3000 unsigned impressions for XXe Siecle n.s. 3. One of Miro's earliest color lithographs and very scarce despite the number printed for XXe Siecle. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Image size: 314x243mm. Price: $1350.
The dog barking at the moon awakens the cock, the crowing of the cock pecks at the head of the Catalan Farmer resting on the table beside the flask of wine (M. 189). Original color lithograph, 1952. 80 signed & numbered impressions plus an unknown number (c. 2000 impressions) signed in the stone. Published in Verve 27-28 (1952). A signed impression sold at Sotheby's in 5/90 for $44,000. One of Miro's most engaging images. Image size: 352x530mm. Price: $3850.

In November 2007, a signed and numbered impression of this print was available in Paris for $70, 320.
Series III (Dupin 92). Original color etching and aquatint, 1952-53. 50 signed & numbered impressions plus several impressions HC and e.a. (epreuve d'artiste) on Arches vellum. There were also 13 impressions from the black plate with hand coloring. Ours is an artist's proof. Printed by Lacourière in Paris and published by Miró's dealer, Maeght Editeur. Included in a 1981 show of Miró's prints at the Musée Toulouse Lautrec in Albi. Image size: 230x295mm; paper size: 382x530mm. Price: $15,000.
Derriere le Miroir (M. 193). Original color lithograph, 1953. This lithograph served as the cover of the deluxe art review Derriere le Miroir and was published on the occasion of an exhibition commerorating Miro's 60th birthday. Edition: c. 1200 impressions signed in the stone. No pencil-signed edition was published. Our impression signed and dedicated by Miró. Handling creases. Image size: 286x215mm. Price: SOLD.
Derriere le Miroir (M. 193). Original color lithograph, 1953. This lithograph served as the cover of the deluxe art review Derriere le Miroir and was published on the occasion of an exhibition commerorating Miro's 60th birthday. Edition: c. 1200 impressions signed in the stone. No pencil-signed edition was published. Image size: 286x215mm. Price: $1250.
La Nuit / Night (M. 200). Original color lithograph, 1953. 100 signed & numbered impressions plus c. 1200 unsigned impressions. A beautiful early work on the theme of humanity's place in the universe as glimpsed by the light of the moon and the stars. Published in a special issue of the deluxe art review, Derriere le Miroir, published on the occasion of Miro's 60th birthday. The original lithographs executed for the occasion constitute Miro's birthday present to the world, Image size: 380x280mm. Price: SOLD
Le Jour / Day (M. 196). Original color lithograph, 1953. 100 signed & numbered impressions plus c. 1200 unsigned impressions. A beautiful early work on the theme of humanity's place in the universe as seen in the clear light of the day . Published in a special issue of the deluxe art review, Derriere le Miroir, published on the occasion of Miro's 60th birthday. The original lithographs executed for the occasion constitute Miro's birthday present to the world, Image size: 380x280mm. Price: $1750.
Nocturne / Night Reflections (M. 204). Original color lithograph, 1953. c. 1200 unsigned impressions (of which this is one) folded to fit into a special issue of the deluxe art review, Derrière le Miroir, published on the occasion of Miro's 60th birthday. The original lithographs executed for the occasion constitute Miro's birthday present to the world. In 1958, an additional 100 signed and numbered impressions were issued. One of Miro's most spectacular early color lithographs, it is often shown in museum shows, including the 1981 Miró show at the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec. One of the most spectacular prints of the twentieth century. Image size: 380x1400mm (approximately 14-7/8"x55-1/8"). Price: $5400.
Astrologie II (M. 202). Original color lithograph, 1953. Edition: c. 1200 unsigned impressions for a special number of the deluxe art review Derriere le Miroir dedicated to Miró's works on the occasion of Miro's 60th birthday. M. 203 (illustrated below) is printed on the reverse of this lithograph. The original lithographs executed for the occasion constitute Miro's birthday present to the world. In 1960 an additional 100 signed and numbered impressions were printed on paper with large margins. Image size: 380x280mm. Price: $1500.
Untitled (M. 203). Original color lithograph, 1953. Edition: c. 1200 unsigned impressions for a special number of the deluxe art review Derriere le Miroir dedicated to Miró's works on the occasion of Miro's 60th birthday. M. 202 (illustrated above) is printed on the reverse of this lithograph. The original lithographs executed for the occasion constitute Miro's birthday present to the world. Image size: 380x280mm. Price: Free with the purchase of Astrologie II above.

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