10 March 2017
Joàn Miró, 1893-1983
La Vendengeuse - The Grape Picker. 1964.
Original lithograph in colours. 1964. Signed in pencil. Numbered 65 in pencil from the edition of 75 (plus a few proofs). Drawn and printed at the studio of Arte Adrien Maeght, 1964. Edition issued by Galerie Maeght, Paris 1964.
Ref: Maeght - Miró Lithographs vol 3 no 398.
Note: ‘La Vendangeuse - The Grape Picker’, and its companions ‘Cascade’, and ‘Pierrot le Fou’ show Miró’s inspired handling and creativity in the medium of large scale colour lithography in the mid 1960’s at it very finest.
Superb impression with brilliant colours. On pale cream wove Arches paper. Excellent condition. Worked virtually to the full sheet size, as issued. Sheet: 897 x 610mm.
At the beginning of the 1960’s Miró reached a moment of peak inspiration in his handling of colour lithography. In the 1930’s when he was closely associated with the Surrealist circle he was particularly excited by the concept of ‘automatic writing’ – the idea that the hand could be guided by the brain in a state of hallucination. With Masson, Ernst, Dali and Tanguy, he immersed himself in ways of freeing his drawing or painting from previous conventions and allowing an imagery driven by the subconscious to come to life on the sheet or canvas. André Breton wrote that they wanted to free humanity from a false rationality and Miro’s art sought the same freedom.
These ideas of the 1930’s remained at the centre of Miró’s work for the rest of his life and they deeply affected his approach to lithography. Because the manner in which the surface of the lithograph stone could be worked in so many ways – brush, chalk, scraper, rubbing, finger-work – he found that he could introduce a whole new range of visual effects to an image in lithography, and especially in colour lithography through the results of overprinting. In the early 1960’s this freedom of expression reached new heights in his colour lithography. Sweeping brushwork, delicate spattering, misty washes, dense vibrant solids all come together with exciting effect.
‘La Vendangeuse’, here, is one of a group of really exceptional colour lithographs that he drew in 1964 working in the Maeght studio.
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