This print, from 1959, was produced for an edition of 23 reproductions of Miró’s Constellations series of gouaches painted during the war. The image of a figure surrounded by stars against a grainy, celestial-like background conveys both a sense of fear and an ethereal, almost joyful escape into timelessness.
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Original: Etching on paper 27.7 x 19.5 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.