Artist: Joan Miro
Medium: Lithograph in Color
Title: Sobreteixims Exhibition
Size: 33" x 23 1/2"
Framed: 45" x 35 1/2"
Edition: Limited, 113/150
Signed and numbered in pencil along the lower edge
Condition: Overall condition is perfect. The piece has been recently framed with a new frame sparing no cost. The piece includes a gallery certificate of authenticity and as always shipping and handling is free. Name your price by making an offer today. The first to meet your bottom line will take this authentic Miro home!
In the tradition of an eclectic Surrealist, Joan Miro explored the traditional Catalan craft of Sobreteixims. Sobreteixim is an old word from Catalan, used to describe a small piece of cloth used to patch a larger piece of fabric. Toying with the idea of collage, the famed Spanish artist encountered this particular form of textile art and engaged in it during the last decade of his life. Miro’s sobreteixims signify his keen interest in folk art and culture, they are filled with recognizable symbols, figures of birds and different markings. These objects were had rough and rustic texture, and the artist’s investigation of the medium was crowned with an exhibition held at the Pierre Matisse Gallery of New York in October 1973.
The lithograph on offer here served as a poster for the said exhibition. It’s patchy style evokes the segmented nature of Miro’s textile works, while keeping the conceptual coherence and stylistic traits of his grander oeuvre. The piece is numbered and signed and stands as a historical reference to a particular event occurred during the late period of Joan Miro’s creative path.
Born in Spain in 1893 in a family of craftsmen, Miro was almost predetermined to become an artist. His initial artistic education in Barcelona preceded the big move to Paris the 26-year-old artist undertook in 1919. Life in Paris was difficult for artists at the time, but these hard times might have influenced the young painter’s imagination and pushed him towards invention of the visual language known to wide audiences today.
It was in Paris, where Joan Miro befriended Andre Breton, hence the association with the Surrealist group, even though the artist never officially joined the group. He had staged a solo exhibition in the early 1920s and had participated in group displays, but success seemed to have omitted Miro in his early years. Nevertheless, his career started to flourish during the 1930s, introducing a prolific period that lasted until his death.
Playful, filled with movement and color, linear, even childish are some of the first associations arisen from contemplation of Joan Miro’s art. Right from the beginning, he abandoned the traditions of painting and started creating works driven with pure energy and “fire of the soul”, all executed with great care and perfectionism. A pioneer of Automatism, Miro explored the depths of human mind through art, using color and form to describe imaginary shapes he invented. His compositions are delicate, elaborate and filled with various abstract and associative elements, featuring motifs such as eyes, insectoid creatures, birds, and the frail moon. Miro’s poetic style is highly recognizable and praised throughout the history of art and it had notable influence on Abstract Expressionism and the Color Field Painting in the post-war period.
Joan Miro died in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 1983.