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JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)

Title: The Essences of the Earth | Les Essències de la Terra, 1968

Technique: Seven Original Hand Signed, Dated and Inscribed Lithographs in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 26.5 x 25.5 cm. / 10.5 x 10 in.

Additional Information: These seven original lithographs in colours are hand signed in pencil by the artist “Miró” verso.
They comprise the seven of the nine works of the portfolio to accompany the book “The Essences of the Earth”, with texts by Juan Perucho and eight old Catalan texts.
It was printed in an edition of 100 signed impressions. However a further 15 deluxe suites were printed and in them Miró included 8 different variations of the lithographs, each one of them hand coloured by hand.
This portfolio was printed in 1968 by Atelier Mourlot, Paris and published by Polígrafa, Barcelona.
The same images were used to illustrate the book “Joan Miró I Catalunya”.

Ours is a unique set of seven of the Bon à Tirer [Good to Print] impressions, each one signed dated and inscribed with the edition details in the verso by Miró.
These are the actual final proofs that Miró approved before printing the rest of the edition.
The inscriptions read as follows:

M. 506, M. 509: “B. a T., 110 ex. + h.C. 25 a ce format sur papier Arches / 70 ex. +h.C. grand format sur papier Japon, Miró / 1/IX/68.”
M. 510, M. 511: “B. a T., 10 ex. + h.C. a ce format sur papier Arches / 70 ex. +h.C. grand format sur papier Japon, Miró / 1/IX/68.”
M. 512, M. 513, M. 514: “70 ex. + h.C. grand format sur papier Japon, Miró / 1/IX/68.”

Literature:
1. Mourlot, F. & Leiris, M. (1977). Joan Miró: Der Lithograph, Vol. III 1964-1969. Geneva: Weber.
Reference: Mourlot 506, 509 – 514.
2. Cramer, P. (1989). Joan Miró. The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Geneva: Cramer
Reference: Cramer 124.

Condition: Excellent condition.