Printing was an increasingly important part of Miró’s output from the 1960s onwards. In 1967 he was introduced to technique called carborundum printmaking, a form of etching which adds an abrasive ground to the plate surface, creating a highly textured surface. As with this boldly coloured print, the technique allows for the transfer of solid areas of dense colour.
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Original: Intaglio print, carborundum and drypoint on paper 106.7 x 73.7 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.