Joan Miro, Beyond Painting at the Maeght Foundation

Joan Miró, Le Grand triptyque noir – maquette, 1969. Maquette originale en couleurs sur épreuves collées sur papier et rehaussées de gouache, d'encre de Chine et de lavis. Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.

Joan Miró, Le Grand triptyque noir, cuivre. Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.

Joan Miró, Automobiliste à moustaches - maquette, 1973. Maquette originale en couleurs sur épreuve rehaussée de fusain, de gouache, de craies et de lavis d'encre de Chine. Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.

Joan Miró, Défilé de mannequins en Laponie, 1969. Lithographie originale sur vélin d'Arches, Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.

Joan Miró, Derrière Le Miroir n°117 - Miró, 1959. Maeght Editeur, Paris. Photo Galerie Maeght Paris.

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Joan Miró, Le Grand triptyque noir – maquette, 1969. Maquette originale en couleurs sur épreuves collées sur papier et rehaussées de gouache, d'encre de Chine et de lavis. Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.
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Joan Miró, Le Grand triptyque noir, cuivre. Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.
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Joan Miró, Automobiliste à moustaches - maquette, 1973. Maquette originale en couleurs sur épreuve rehaussée de fusain, de gouache, de craies et de lavis d'encre de Chine. Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.
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Joan Miró, Défilé de mannequins en Laponie, 1969. Lithographie originale sur vélin d'Arches, Photo Claude Germain / Archives Fondation Maeght.
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Joan Miró, Derrière Le Miroir n°117 - Miró, 1959. Maeght Editeur, Paris. Photo Galerie Maeght Paris.

#Saint Paul de Vence He has never ceased to translate into lines and colours this wonder that he shares with us in the universality of his language. Miro speaks to us with simple spots, lines, clear colours and, mysteriously, all these signs are activated like musical notes for a concert of stars, moons, stars or arrows. A primitive writing is engraved on the surface of the work to celebrate the wedding of heaven and earth.

Since 1927 the artist has been passionate about the multiple possibilities of a graphic work in relation to writers. His passion for experimentation led him to an ever more sophisticated mastery of engraving and lithography. In 1947 he signed his first lithograph for Maeght Editeur and the adventure of graphic art began to take off. In 1964 Adrien Maeght created the ARTE printing house and here the artist multiplied catalogues, posters and books for bibliophiles. He collaborates with Eluard, Prévert, Tzara, Leiris and many others. Miro’s writing resonates with that of the poets and this exhibition provides us with a testimony of this and can be read as much as it can be seen.

Everything about Miro is obvious: the evidence of a great secret. He unrolls the veins of the universe, he grabs the tremor of life, the sliding of color in a line or a point. Everything is so simple in these beatings of the world captured at their origin. Miro paints, sculpts, draws, engraves this silent dawn when words and things are still only a starry seed. He discovered the carborundum technique with Henri Goetz to whom he wrote: “Such an engraving can have the beauty and dignity of a beautiful painting. “Black will then be decisive for his engraved work, both as a sign and as a punctuation of his poetic inspiration.

“Beyond painting” is not only this multitude of visual poems created by Miro over several decades, but an exhibition that focuses on the story of an artist fascinated by all the techniques of a graphic work. The visitor follows the progress of a work, the copper plates, the preparatory tests, the different prints. The work is alive and never ceases to unfold as if each colour, each line found in itself its own breath in the infinity of space.

Until November 17

Joan Miro, “Beyond Painting”

Maeght Foundation, Saint-Paul de Vence

Michel Gathier

With a literary background, Michel Gathier developed a passion for art very early, particularly during long stays abroad. He has contributed to the magazine “L’art vivant” and now...

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