Miró was in his late thirties when he first began experimenting with printmaking. It became an important part of his artistic output and he explored a wide variety of techniques. This screenprint features some of the symbolic imagery that made up his visual vocabulary, such as the circles and star shapes, yet is a looser and less controlled composition than his paintings.
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Original: Screenprint on paper 85.4 x 58.5 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.