Fernand Mourlot, Joan Miró et Jean Célestin,
rue Barrault en 1977 (mourlot.free.fr)
|Artist: Joan Miró
from the "Affiches Originales" series.
Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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| Sheet Size:
||9 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in
||23.5 cm x 32 cm
|Price: $175.00 USD Now
Constellations is a series of 23 small paintings on paper, In August
1939. A month before the outbreak of the World War II, Miró, with
his family escaped Paris and moved to Varengeville-sur-Mer, a small
town in Normandy. This sentiment of escaping is clearly reflected
in this series' harmonic and poetic production. At Varengeville-sur-Mer
he painted the top ten works in the series which was later called
Constellations, beginning with The Dawn and The Scale of Evasion.
After escaping from France, Miró continued the series of Constellations
in Mallorca, creating a more complex group of ten more.
Frontispiece of Constellations
The last three were created in 1941 in his ancestral home in Mont-roig
del Camp. Whilst completing this series he began the first sketches
of the Barcelona Series engravings, where he would repeat part of
"I felt a deep desire to flee. I shut myself
deliberately. The night, music and the stars began to play a role
in my painting." Joan Miró
"... After the War, Miró returned to Paris, and it was here that
he would truly discover lithography. I assigned one of our best press
operators to Miró: Jean Célestin, who would become a close friend
of the painter. The understanding that they shared from the start
made for some excellent work. Miró was of a taciturn nature; Célestin
would guess what it was he wanted, only a few words were necessary,
Miró expressing briefly his idea, Célestin voicing his assent.
Keenly interested in the process, he wenton to produce several lithographs,
in black, on stone, the magnificent Album 13series (1948) and several
illustrative works for the books of his poet friendssuch as André
Breton, Benjamin Péret, René Char, Tristan Tzara, Iliazd and André
Verdet. For every exhibition he held at the gallery Maeght , he designed
a poster, and further collaborated on the review Derričre le Miroir,
for which he created some exceptional solo editions.
Towards the end of the sixties I proposed, as I had for Picasso, Chagall
andBraque, that we compile a complete lithographic catalogue; he accepted
and took direct part in the project. The first volume was published
in 1972, with a preface by Michel Leiris and containing also twelve
superb original compositions..."
During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Fernand Mourlot, printed
most of the "original" posters of the most important artists
of the day. In 1959 they printed the series "Affiches Originales"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the "original"
posters created by the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque,
Matisse, Miró, Leger, and Dufy.