• Impressionist/Modern Day Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 7833

    Impressionist/Modern Day Sale

    3 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 519

    Joan Miró (1893-1983)

    Design for the cover of Album 19

    Price Realised  


    Joan Miró (1893-1983)
    Design for the cover of Album 19
    iron and leather assemblages with branding iron marks and gouache on cardboard
    27 1/8 x 21 1/8 in. (69 x 53.6 cm.); irregular
    Executed circa 1961

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    This work is sold with a photo-certificate from Jacques Dupin.

    'Album 19 is the result of a close collaboration between Miró and Raymond Queneau. Queneau wrote his text on viewing the lithographs and Miró then decorated the manuscript. The model for the casing was created by Miró with old cardboard boxes corrugated by the rain and the sun. These boxes were then burnt with irons for branding bulls. The inside is made of wrinkled wrapping paper. The case is closed by a leather lace attached to a blue and red child's ball that Miró found in a gutter' (in R. Queneau, Joan Miró, Lithographs, vol. II, Paris, 1975, p. 172).

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