Printing was an increasingly important part of Miró’s output from the 1960s onwards. This print, from 1969, demonstrates the artist’s expressive use of colour and use of solid areas of black. Made using one of his preferred techniques (intaglio – where the drawing is etched or engraved onto a metal plate), this print features the minimalist system of symbols that appeared throughout many of his paintings.
The Great Carnivore
Date of work
Original: Intaglio print on paper 114.3 x 69.2 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.