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April 17 — 22, 2021
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Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Lot 103 Details
Joan Miró (1893-1983), Spanish
L'OISEAU DU PARADIS, 1963 [DUPIN, 361]
Colour aquatint on BFK Rives paper; signed and numbered 34/75 in pencil to margin. Printed by Levallois-Perret. Published by Maeght, Paris. Together with a COA from Higgins Harte International Galleries, LLC as “Bird of Paradise, 1963."
Plate/Sheet sight 22 ins x 32 ins; 55.9 cms x 81.3 cms
With Higgins Harte International Galleries, LLC, Lahaina, HI, “Curator's Statement” further authenticated by the catalogue raisonné and Gale B. Tate of G.B. Tate & Sons, a copy accompanying the lot;
Private Collection, Alberta
This hand-signed impression is number 34 of an extremely limited total edition of only 75. The information supporting the authenticity of this print for Higgins Harte International Galleries was confirmed by the catalogue raisonné as well as Mary Hood and the authentication of Gayle B. Tate of G.B. Tate & Sons.
The accompanying "Curator's Statement" includes commentary from Mary Hood who suggested that Miro used a combination of aquatint and a relief process for this lot known as the "Hayter Method." The method created by William Hayter in Paris, 1927, became widely popular amongst printmakers, as it offered a faster and more efficient way of blending colour in the intaglio process. Whereas before, artists would print each colour separately, the Hayter method made layering the different inks atop each other on a single plate possible by altering their viscosities. This plate would then be printed under pressure of nearly six tons, thus mixing the colours and creating deep embossment. With this print, Miro has adapted the Hayter method using only black ink.