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

Title: Composition XVI, from: Antihead | L’Antitête, 1947

Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Dedicated Etching and Aquatint with Hand-Colouring on Wove Paper

Paper size: 25.8 x 16.5 cm. / 10.2 x 6.5 in.
Image size: 15 x 12.2 cm. / 5.9 x 4.8 in.

Additional Information: This original etching and aquatint with hand-colouring is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Miró” in the lower right margin. It is also dated “New York 7/47” [New York July 1947] below the signature.
It is also hand inscribed in pencil “épreuve d’essai – A – Pour Hayter” [working proof – A – For Hayter] in the lower left margin.
This work is the sixteenth and last composition from the L’Antitête [Antihead] suite of sixteen etchings with pochoir. Our impression is a unique hand coloured proof from before the edition of 200.
The composition was further worked for the limited edition of 200 signed and numbered impressions in 1949 published by Bordas, Paris and printed by Lacouriere, Paris.
Our impression was printed by and subsequently dedicated to Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17, New York.

Provenance: The Collection of Stanley William Hayter
Helen Elizabeth Phillips (1913 – 1994), S.W. wife.
Augie Hayter, their son.
by descent from the above,
Marco Angelini & Co. Ltd. at St. James’s Art Books, London
Private collection, London.

1. Dupin, J. (1984). Miró Engraver, Vol. I 1928-1960. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong.
Reference: Dupin 68
2. Cramer, P. (1989). Miró: Catalogue des Livres Ilustrées. Paris. Edition Cramer.
Reference: 20

Condition: Excellent condition. Some stray printing ink in the margins and soft creasing. These issues are consistent with working proofs as they are handled by the artist in the printmaking process.