Joan Miro - Le Roi David
Original Etching & Aquatint , 1972, in colours, Black, red, green,, yellow and orange, on Arches paper, signed by the artist in pencil
Size: Plate size: 686 x 535 mms (27” x 21” inches), Paper size: 915 x 630 (36” x 24 ¾” inches)
Dupin, Jacques. Miró Engraver Vol. II 1961-1973. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 555.
Edition: /50 - Dupin notes that there was a signed and numbered edition of 50 plus some HC copies made.
Note: The story of King David and Bethsabee was a popular one amongst the School of Paris artists having been dealt with by Picasso, Chagall and Dali amongst others. This work was a companion piece to another etching entitled “Bethsabee”.
The work exemplifies Miró’s ability to convey beautiful imagery from simplicity. Depicting bold and colourful image in hues of blue, black and red, this work immediately captures the viewer’s attention. Intensely executed with painterly strokes of colour, the abstract quality of the image leaves the subject up to the viewer's imagination. A bold dark black figure occupies the central area in this work, with an interior of deep red, blue, orange and yellow washes. Splatters of grey in the upper right and lower left add texture and tone, which contrasts with the remaining imagery of the piece-giving the work a sense of controlled chaos.
Printed by: Morsang, Paris, France
Published by: Maeght Editeur, Paris, France