Joàn Miró, 1893-1983

Pygmées sous la Lune. Pygmies and the Moon.


Original etching with drypoint, bitten wash and textural aquatint printed in colours. 1972. Signed in pencil. Inscribed in pencil as ‘H.C.’ - proof ‘hors commerce not for sale’ -  before the issued edition. Issued edtion of 50 impressions.  Etched at the Arte Adrien Maeght studio, 1972. Edition issued by Galerie Maeght, Paris 1972.


Provenance: Private Collection France. Purchased in c.1972 (acquired By William Weston Gallery untouched since the original purchase and still in the 1970’s frame.  Reframed by WWG 2020).


Ref: Dupin - Miró L’Oeuvre Gravé no 562.

Note: In the period from the late 1960’s and into the early 70’s Miró was constantly developing the range of techniques that he was using in his etched works. He exploited the differing types of stroke that could be created - deep-bitten calligraphic line set against brush-drawn painterly sweeps, spattering against highly liquid washes that float over the sheet.

This was all used to evoke the world of dreams and imaginary  quasi-animal quasi-human forms which he had first sought in the pre-war years of Surrealism.


Superb impression with brilliant rich colours. On cream Arches paper. Excellent condition, just a suggestion of old mounting on the reverse.  Sheet: 700 x 935mm. Plate: 535 x 675mm.

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