Joan Miró - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, January 21, 2021 | Phillips
  • In their youth both Joan Miró and Antoni Gaudí attended drawing classes at the Centre Artistic de Sant Lluc in Barcelona. Though the two never met in that setting, from that point onwards Miró always professed great admiration for Gaudí’s work. The artists shared a deep love of nature, which often formed a driving force in their respective creative practices. 

    Paying tribute to the architect in the mid-1970s, Miró created a group of prints entitled the Gaudí Series. Comprising 21 artworks, using both etching and aquatint with a variety of paper collage to create works in varying sizes, the prints feature the artist’s strong fantastical creatures.  Like most admirers, Miró was particularly drawn to the structure and rhythm of Gaudí’s pallette, especially his use of mosaic. He translated the architect’s signature trencadís broken-tile technique into his own prints through a strong use of colour, defined use of black line, and underlay of varying torn edged papers.

    • Provenance

      Christie's New York, Prints & Multiples, 24 April 2012, lot 87
      Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

    • Literature

      Jacques Dupin 1080


Gaudí XXI (D. 1080)

Etching and aquatint in colours with paper collage, on Arches paper, the full sheet.
S. 115.8 x 71.2 cm (45 5/8 x 28 in.)
Signed and numbered 44/50 in white pencil (there were also 15 in Roman numerals), published by Maeght, Barcelona, framed.

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£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £20,160

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London Auction 21 January 2021