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Joàn Miró, 1893-1983

Composition Salon de Mai. 1966.

1966

Original lithograph in eleven colours, 1966. Signed in pencil. Numbered 76 from the edition of 100 impressions. Drawn and printed at the Atelier Mourlot, Paris 1966. Edition issued by the ‘Salon de Mai’  1966.

Note: A simplified version of this lithograph, with added over-printed lettering, but less colours and without the elaborate bordering forms, was used as the poster for the 1966 ‘Salon de Mai’ exdhibition in Paris.

Ref: Mourlot - Miro Lithographs no 500

Brilliant impression with rich colours. On pale cream wove Arches paper. Excellent condition. Printed to the full sheet size as issued. Sheet: 665 x 515mm.

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In the mid 1960’s Miró was at a peak of his creative momentum in the medium of colour lithography, broad brushwork combined with intricate chalk drawing, solid density of colour combined with translucence,  close tones of a bold colour overprinted to create variations in surface, sprayed ‘spattering’ linked to solid stroke. When he was asked to create an image to mark the prestigious 1966 ‘Salon de Mai’ he gave full rein to his inspiration. It is one of his great graphic works of the period.

The ‘Salon de Mai – The May Exhibition’ was founded in May 1943 by a group of artists, writers and critics in opposition to the ideologies of the then occupying Nazi forces. It was decided to hold the exhibition at a meeting of the artists at a café in the Rue Dauphine in 1943 but the first show was at the Maurs gallery in the Avenue Matignon in June 1945. From this beginning the show became one of the most influential in the Paris calendar continuing each year until 2014. When Miró drew this work it was at the very height of its influence.

 
 
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