Sleeping under the Moon
Medium: Original Aquatint, Etching, Drypoint and carborundum, in colours, 1969 on Arches paper, signed by the artist in pencil.
Reference: Dupin, James. Miró Engraver: Volume II 1961-1973. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 495
Note: Joan Miró Dormir Sous La Lune (Sleeping under the Moon), 1969 is an abstract and fantastic landscape scene. At the top left, a blue crescent moon languidly stretches its tips around an asterisk-like star. Below, a mysterious black form spreads resembling both a structure and a creature throws its long black shadow across the length of the work. At the upper right, another black shape echoes both the black form at the bottom and the moon to its left. Between them float energetic scribbles, black symbol-like lines, and dots of colour, adding to the enigmatical aura of the scene. The green scrawls at the top corners give the work a sense of intimacy, curving around the moon and visually closing off and rounding the composition. Some of Miró’s signature visual elements are here on full display, from the asterisk star and curving arrow lines, to the limited colour palette of blue, green, yellow, and red. There is a wonderful simplicity to the work, drawing on arcane symbology and primitive drawings. A peaceful and playful piece, this enthralling scene showcases Miró’s unique style.
Published by: Maeght Editeur, Paris
Printed by: Arte Adriene Maeght, Paris
Edition: /75 - There were also some HC copies made.
Size: 72.5 x 103 cms, (28.5” x 40.5” Inches) (Paper size)