JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)
Title: Woman and Bird in Front of the Moon, from: Laurel’s No. 1 | Femme et Oiseau Devant la Lune, 1947
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Etching and Aquatint on Wove Paper
Paper size: 20.6 x 25.4 cm. / 8.1 x 10 in.
Image size: 11 x 14.8 cm. / 4.3 x 5.8 in.
Additional Information: This original etching and aquatint is hand signed and dated in pencil by the artist “Miró 1947” at the lower right.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 300, at the lower left corner.
The etching and aquatint was printed by Atelier 17, New York, in 1947 in a limited edition of 300 impressions. There were also five artist’s proofs.
It was published by Laurel Gallery, New York.
Note: This work was commissioned by Chris Ritter, the director of the Laurel Gallery, New York, in 1947. He had planned to publish periodicals, which would contain literature, original prints, calligraphy and utilise handmade papers – much in the style of those published in Europe. This piece, Woman and Bird in Front of the Moon, was included in the very first periodical, published in 1947. The folio also contained works by Anne Ryan, Stanley William Hayter, Reginald Marsh, George Constant, and Will Barnet. The periodical was a relatively short-lived project with only four issues being realised before the Laurel Gallery stopped the project. Other impressions of the subject can be found in the collections of Cleveland Art Gallery, Ohio, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
1. Dupin, J. (1984). Miró Engraver, Vol. I 1928-1960. Paris: Éditeur Daniel Lelong.
Reference: Dupin 51.
2. Cramer, P. (1989). Miró: Catalogue des Livres Ilustrées. Paris: Edition Cramer,
Reference: Cramer 10.
Condition: Very good condition. A very pale, unobtrusive area of foxing in the lower image.