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Fernand Mourlot, Joan Miró et Jean Célestin,
rue Barrault en 1977 (mourlot.free.fr)

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Artist: Joan Miró Spanish (1893-1983)

Plate: MP.52

Title: Derrière Le Miroir

Description: Condition A. Lithograph
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 $95

The magazine "Derrière Le Miroir" (Behind the Mirror) was launched in October 1946 (No. 1) by the art dealer Aimé Maeght and was published continuously until 1982 and published articles and illustrations (often original color lithographs by artists) who ensured the reputation of the gallery. The magazine was devoted exclusively to artists who exhibit at the Galerie Maeght either solo exhibitions, group exhibitions either.


Front and back cover by Joan Miro, printed 1956.


"... 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..."
Fernand Mourlot

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.

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