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Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983)
LOT ID: 72692
Ubu Roi, 1966

Lithograph
16.25 х 24.5 in. (41.28 x 62.23 cm.)
Signed, and numbered '40/75' in pencil, lower margin.
Print/Casting Year 1966
Edition 40/75
Foundry/Publisher Tériade
Lot description
Color lithograph, full margins. Printed by Mourlot, Paris. Published by Tériade, Paris. From the portfolio of the same title. A very good impression.

Premiered in 1869, Ubu Roi (Ubu the King) is one of three satirical burlesques written by Frenchman, Alfred Jarry. Ubu Roi is often credited as being the precursor to the Theater of the Absurd and, in general, Surrealism. Ubu is an infantile character, a politician living in a world of greedy self-gratification, excess, felony and puerile pursuits. Jarry uses Ubu as a foil to expose the complacent nature of the bourgeois to abuse the authority and power born out of success. This concept would manifest into Surrealism, exploring man’s reactions to an absurdist world without meaning.

One of the twentieth century's most prolific and recognized Modern artists, Joan Miró (1893-1983) created pictorial spaces that combined imaginative and cosmic elements. Miró employed a characteristic style described as flowing and calligraphic. In his compositions, he created worlds of abstract, amorphous forms that resemble shorthand signs and symbols. Along with André Masson, Miró was one of the first artists to engage in automatism within the realm of painting. It was this technique that pushed Surrealism into its own as an independent art movement. Miró's artwork has been displayed in museums and galleries worldwide, gaining international fame and earning great success at auction. Some of the artist's most recent and notably exhibitions include solo shows at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2012); Tate Modern, London, England (2011); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2010).

Selected Public Collections:
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
Tate Modern (London)
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