JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)
Title: Composition XIII, from: Barcelona, 1972/73
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Etching and Aquatint in Colours with Carborundum on Guarro Wove Paper
Paper size: 170 x 70 cm. / 67 x 27.6 in.
Additional Information: This etching and aquatint in colours with carborundum in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Miró” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin.
The work is part of a series of thirteen etchings titled “Barcelona” and created between 1972 and 1973.
It was printed by J.J. Torralba, Barcelona, in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions plus ten HC (hors commerce) [out of trade] proofs numbered in Roman numerals.
The series was published by Sala Gaspar, Barcelona.
The paper bears the watermark and inkstamp of the publisher at the lower right corner, verso.
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden (acquired in the 1980’s)
by descent, Private collection, London.
Note: Sala Gaspar was founded in 1909 by Joan Gaspar Xalabarder as a frame and mirror shop. He soon began exhibiting the work of his artist friends, the generation of Catalan modernist painters, Elisha Meifrén, Ramon Casas, and Isidre Nonell. After the Spanish Civil War, his son Miguel Gaspar Paronella took over the business with his cousin Joan Gaspar, and expanded the gallery in 1944. The ‘50s marked a turning point in the history of the gallery, with the discovery of Clavé, which would be the first exhibition of a very long friendship and joint career. It was also in the ‘50s when “Gaspares” met Pablo Picasso, who organized the first exhibition in Spain after the civil war in 1955. From that exhibition occurred many more with the artist, 1960 being the most relevant for the quality, quantity, and significance of the works exhibited.
Literature: Dupin, J. (1989). Miró Engraver, Vol. II 1961-1973. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong.
Reference: Dupin 604
Condition: Very good condition. The sheet slightly toned. Remnants of hinging tape intermittently, verso.