Joan Miro


Joan Miro Matarasso Lithograph

A rare Joan Miro Matarasso lithograph Poster, commissioned by Galerie Matarasso in Nice and issued as a poster for their exhibition ‘Miro-Peintures, Sculptures, Lithographies, Ceramiques’. The poster takes a playful image from Miro. He uses primary colours to conjure forms like abstracted pictographs. From an edition of 500 impressions. This is Miro’s sixth exhibition posters designed by himself and printed in a small edition only.

This Joan Miro Matarasso lithograph bursts with vibrant colour. The background is filled with a sunny yellow and a lush red that are complimented nicely by cooler, saturated swatches of blue and green. Playful lines create sparkling stars, and an entertaining border is created using dots. Miró creates a magical world within this lithograph, helped by his spirited use of eye-catching colours and his ability to make abstract shapes come to life.

Comes with a Certificate of Provenance, signed and stamped.

Edition: 500 (with the two watermarks “Arches” and “Mourlot”)

Year: 1957

Dimensions: 67.3 x 48.3 cm

Printers: Mourlot

Paper: Arches paper with deckled edge

Reference: – Queneau, Raymond. Joan Miró – Der Lithograph II, 1953-1963, Maeght Éditeur, Paris 1975, Weber, Genf, page 101, no. 177 – Corredor-Matheos, José. Miró’s Posters. Ediciones Poligrafa S.A., Barcelona, 1987, no. 8

Joan Miró i Ferrà was a  Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramacist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride.  In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an “assassination of painting” in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.  In Paris, under the influence of poets and writers, he developed his unique style: organic forms and flattened picture planes drawn with a sharp line.