Joan Miró - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, October 24, 2022 | Phillips
  • "My figures underwent the same simplification as my colors. Simplified as they are, they are more human and more alive than they would be if represented in all their detail. Represented in detail, they would lose their imaginary quality, which enhances everything." —Joan Miró


    Maja Negra is an enticing example of Miró’s mastery of color, shape, and form. An ambiguous dark figure emerges from the center of the composition, accented by dynamic bursts of primary colors. Miró employed four mediums – etching, aquatint, carborundum, and hand-coloring – to build a multi-layered image rich with color and texture. In the latter half of the artist’s career, Miró was drawn to the innovative carborundum printmaking technique, in which carborundum grits are adhered to a plate and then covered in ink, adding texture to the surface of the image.

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      Jacques Dupin 577


Maja Negra (The Black Maja) (D. 577)

Etching, aquatint and carborundum with hand-coloring, on Arches paper, the full sheet.
S. 23 x 54 in. (58.4 x 137.2 cm)
Signed and numbered 23/50 in pencil, published by Maeght, Paris, framed.

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$18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $27,720

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 - 26 October 2022