Lithographs II Cover from "Miro Lithographs II, Maeght Publisher", 1975
Original color lithograph
12.75 x 12.18 in
This original lithograph is one of twelve produced by Joan Miró especially for the second volume of the catalogue of his lithographs. These are excellent examples of his later work and feature his signature mark-making techniques, symbols, and bold color choices. The prints that Miró designed for his own publications should be understood as part of a long tradition; artists have been producing prints to be published in books and other publications since the advent of printmaking techniques. Albrecht Dürer, for example, made multiple illustrations for the Bible in the fifteenth century, as did the majority of his contemporary printmakers. In the modern period, artists ranging from Wassily Kandinsky to Thomas Hart Benton have taken their hand to the book as a medium. Even more, many of the most celebrated images by artists like Winslow Homer were printed for illustrated journals — and only a few examples survive today because of the perceived disposability of the medium during the 19th century. The images Miró made for the catalogs of his own body of work and career offer an insight into how the artist understood his own biography and place in history. They are self-aware and carry with them the Surrealism of his early career, but also the sophistication and refinement of an artist who had been exploring and experimenting for decades. Original lithograph produced especially for: Miró, Joan and Raymond Queneau. Miró, Lithographs Vol.II 1953-1963. Edited by Maeght. New York: Leon Amiel Publisher Inc., 1975, cover. 12.75 x 12.18 inches, artwork 23.5 x 23 inches, frame Framed to conservation standards using 100 percent rag matting with a 1/4 inch bevel, museum glass, and housed in a gold reverse ogee moulding Ref: Miró, Joan and Joan Teixidor. Miró, Lithographs Vol.III 1964-1969. Edited by Maeght. Paris: Maeght, 1977, p. 27.