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Miró, Joan (Art by); André Breton (Text by); Mourlot Frères (Printed by)
Constellations [SIGNED BY JOAN MIRÓ AND ANDRÉ BRETON] [COMPLETE WITH ITS ORIGINAL SIGNED LITHOGRAPH AND 22 POCHOIR PLATES]
Pierre Matisse, New York, 1959. 1/200. Elephant folio (19 x 15 1/2"). Original illustrated portfolio housed in its beige linen box, illustrated in black by Miró on front cover and spine. Colophon hand-signed by both Juan Miró and André Breton. Miró's masterpiece "Constellations" is a suite of 22 pochoirs executed by the artist between January 21, 1940, and September 12, 1941. At the outbreak of WWII in September 1939, Miró left Paris for Varengeville-sur-Mer, in Normandy, and it was from there that the artist undertook a series of 23 gouaches which became known as the Constellations. "They are among Miró's most intricately constructed works, exploring ideas linked to regenerative processes located within nature. Heavily influenced by the turmoil of the Second World War, his work seems to reflect upon the fragile, transitory quality of existence. Each Constellation piece depicts a moment in time, a microcosm of life: captured in weightless, suspended animation. Before the Liberation of France, the Constellations were smuggled out of Europe for a Pierre Matisse exhibit in New York City. André Breton was immediately inspired by the series and wrote what would become his final poetic works. In 1959, under the direction of pochoir master Daniel Jacomet, 22 of the original 23 gouache Constellations were made into pochoir plates, in a limited edition of 350 copies published by Pierre Matisse, in New York." (See: Patrick Cramer's "Joan Miró, the Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné," page 58). Laid in, an original tissue-guarded lithograph (sheet size 17 1/2 x 14," image: 12 x 9 3 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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