This print was made in New York in 1947, at Stanley William Hayter’s famous printworks Atelier 17. It features elements from Miró’s earlier paintings and prints, such as a woman and the moon, yet the amoebic-like shapes (single cell organisms that can change shape) are typical of the imagery he developed while in New York and continued to use through the following years.
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Original: Etching on paper 12.7 x 14.9 cm © Successió Miró / ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2018.
One of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century, Joan Miró’s engaging and richly coloured works are underpinned by a profound concern for humanity and the importance of liberty. Born in Barcelona in 1893, he moved to Paris in 1920 where he became an influential figure in the surrealist movement. However, his identity as a Catalan remained central to his work throughout his life. He responded to the turbulent times he lived through – escaping wartime France and living under the Franco regime in Spain – by developing a deeply personal language of signs and symbols that he used throughout his long career.