Miró was an accomplished printmaker as well as painter, exploring various techniques over his long career. This print, produced in 1976, was made using one of his favourite methods – intaglio – where the drawing is etched or engraved onto a metal plate. The composition is a controlled mixture or order and chaos, the looming figure on the left overseeing an anarchic spray of musical notes.
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Original: Intaglio print on paper 114.3 x 74.3 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.