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    Sale 7599

    Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

    24 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 79

    Joan Miró (1893-1983)

    Etude pour 'Derrière le miroir', Zephyr Bird

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    Joan Miró (1893-1983)
    Etude pour 'Derrière le miroir', Zephyr Bird
    signed 'Miró' (lower right); signed again, inscribed and dated 'fraternellement Miró. Juin 1956.' (in the margin, lower left)
    watercolour, wax crayon and pencil on paper
    19 7/8 x 25 3/8 in. (50.6 x 64.5 cm.)
    Executed in June 1956

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    Jacques Dupin has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Derriàre le miroir is the title of a review published by Maeght between 1946 and 1982. The present watercolour is related to a print called Zephyr Bird (Mourlot 227) published first in Derriàre le miroir, June - July - August 1956, nos. 87-88-89, pp. 14-15. On the cover of this issue was the lithograph Terres de grand feu (Mourlot 222 and 266). This review served as the catalogue to the exhibition Terres de grand feu - Miró - Artigas in 1963 at the Galerie Maeght, in Paris, with text by Jacques Prévert and Josep Llorens Artigas.

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    Pentimento, San Francisco.
    Galerie de l'Ile de France, Paris.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 16 November 1983, lot 231.
    Private collection, Japan, by 1990, and thence by descent.
    Acquired from the above by the previous owner.

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