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    Sale 11793

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper

    23 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 142

    Joan Miró (1893-1983)


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    Joan Miró (1893-1983)
    signed and dated 'Miró 1939.' (lower right)
    brush and pen and India ink on paper collage elements, on paper
    25 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. (64.1 x 49.6 cm.)
    Executed in 1939

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    "The drawings that I sometimes do before doing certain paintings are an intimate document, so to speak - they help me arrive at a complete formal divestiture and thus attain the true expression of the spirit. Once the paintings are finished, I destroy these drawings or else hold on to them to use a a springboard for the other works. The drawings you have are not all preparations for paintings, but definite drawing-drawings". (Joan Miró in a letter to Pierre Matisse, 7 March 1937 in 'Joan Miró Selected Writings and Interviews', (ed.) M. Rowell, Boston, 1986, p. 148).

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    Anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 4 December 1995, lot 54.
    Studio Simonis, Turin.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    J. Dupin & A. Lelong-Mainaud, Joan Miró, Catalogue raisonné, Drawings, vol. II, 1938-1959, Paris, 2010, no. 883, p. 54 (illustrated).