Original Drawing, graphite, fatty pencil, waxes and collage on pink dyed wrapping paper, 12/IV/77, signed by the artist, inscribed, titled and dated on verso in the artists hand. Above this is a shipping label addressed to Mr & Mrs Joan Miro at their address in Palma, Majorca. sent from “Picard” in Geneva, Switzerland.
Provenance: Private collection, Majorca, Spain - this work has never passed through auction.
Size: 670 x 435 mms
Note: Evidently this is the wrapping paper for a gift of no commercial value sent to the artist and this wife. The take on the front of the piece are important parts of the composition. The folds in the paper also.
The artist loved to re-use old pieces of wood and cardboard as backcloths for his art. In many ways it could be said that he was a pioneer of the concept of re-cycling so popular today. For him if the piece was damaged or irregular in shape it did not matter. It was part of his concept of the “destruction of Art”. Towards the end of his career, as well as expressing his commitment to social change through art, Miró also questioned the economic value of art, de-sanctifying art, acting without distinction between creation and destruction.
Condition: The paper is not in good condition having horizontal folds across it and scotch tape across it. This is as per the intention of the artist and “as made” by him. He very much enjoyed the re-cycling of such pieces of wrapping paper.
Authentication: The work has a certificate from ADOM, (Association pour la Défense de l'œuvre de Joan Miró) dated25th November 2014
Reference: Dupin, Jacques; Lelong-Mainud, Ariane (2015): Joan Miro. Catalogue Raisomnne: Drawings. Vol V 1977, Daniel Lelong, succession of Joan Miro, Paris: Page 84, number 3376