Joan Miro - Prise a L ’Hamecon
Original Etching, Aquatint & Carborundum, 1969, in colours, signed by the artist in pencil
Size: Paper size : 1055 x 680 mms ; Plate size 990 x 595 mms
1) Maeght Editeur: Jacques Dupin “Miro Graveur” (Catalogue Raisonee), Volume 2 number 515
2) Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Miró: l’Oeuvre Graphique. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 161 on pg. 46.
Edition: 75 - Dupin notes that there was a signed and numbered edition of 75 plus some HC copies made.
Note: Composed of a bold and vivid palette with active and gestural imagery, Miró intrigues the viewer with his interconnection of abstraction and figurative elements. Painterly in quality, this monumental piece captures the eye and evokes a sense of the lyrical and playful quality of the artist’s work. A large figure-eight form encompasses the majority of the picture plane in a layering of dark black tones and splatters, which create a sense of motion, activity and depth to this piece. Utilizing accents of primary hues of red, green, yellow and blue, a large hook emerges from the upper left. With an abstract hint of a fish in the background, the hook curves toward the top of the sheet in a gesture suggesting the artist might be ‘hooking’ his viewers in to the image. The balance of vertical and horizontal creates a visual push and pull, giving a sense of activity in this work. From the period in Miró’s career which focused primarily on printmaking, this piece illustrates the artist’s technical skill and mastery in combining multiple printmaking techniques into one image.
Condition: The sheet laid down at the edges to a thin support of Japan paper, time stating at the sheet edges, minor rubbing in the margins, otherwise in good condition
Printed by: Morsang, Paris, France
Published by: Maeght Editeur, Paris, France