Lot 3533* - A193 Impressionist & Modern Art - Friday, 03. July 2020, 04.00 PM


(Montroig near Barcelona 1893–1983 Palma de Mallorca)
Tête I. 3 December 1972.
India ink, wax crayon and pastel on paper.
Signed lower right: Miró. Dated and titled on the reverse: 3/XII/72, Tête I.
60 × 78 cm.

- The artists estate.
- Galerie Lelong, Paris (with label on the reverse).
- Rosenbaum Contemporary, Florida (with label on the reverse).
- Private property, purchased at the above gallery.

Berlin 2012, Joan Miró, Galerie Michael Haas, 13 March–21 April 2012 (with ill.).

Jacques Dupin and Ariane Lelong-Mainaud: Joan Miró, Catalogue raisonné, Drawings, vol. III: 1960–1972, Paris 2012, p. 345, no. 2410 (with col. ill.).

In Miró’s distinctive manner, lines and suggested areas of colour swing freely within the picture plane. Sweeping arabesques are an essential element that defines Miró’s artistic production up to the last years. In the present ink drawing "Tête I", the delicate and flowing lines give way to a gestural application of paint and open contours, which increasingly characterise Miró's painted works from the late 1960s onwards. The gestural act of painting is expressed in the broken contours of the black surface with its irregular edges reminiscent of the use of carborundum, a medium Miró employed for his etchings at that time.

In 1958 Miró acquired the Villa Son Boter, which was next to his house and served as his studio. The paintings and drawings produced there are characterised by the use of less pure colours, emphasising the non-colour black, whereby the figuratively recognisable takes an increasingly subordinate role.

The artist no longer carefully filled the black-delineated areas with other colours, but instead merely suggested them, as seen in the present work. Sometimes a destructive moment is also present, which is particularly evident in the fire-worked canvases of the early 1970s. In the present ink drawing, this aggressive, destructive force seems to impressively confront us in the black, broad arch with its sprawling contours and uneven surface structure dominating the composition.

CHF 180 000 / 240 000

€ 157 890 / 210 530