For sale is an exciting art proof done by the illustrated Catalonian, Joan Miro. The framed art work is known as "Fusees 5" and THE frame size measures 18" tall and 24 5/8" wide. The art work is done on paper known as a plate and it measures 12 3/4" tall and is 19 3/4" wide. The artwork on the plate is noted by an impressed interior border that again frames this unique and desirable aquatint or etching. This measures 5 1/2" tall by 16 1/4" wide.
The artwork depicts an abstract automobile etching done in blue, red and black and has fabulous flow in reference to movement and motion. Studying the print you can feel the sensation of racing on the Autobahn through winding country roads with the wind flowing through your hair. It is quite brilliant considering the simplicity to achieve this effect without becoming elaborate.
Joan Miro was a painter , sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893 and he passed away in 1983. He began drawing at a young age although at the age of 14 he attended business school and also pursued art studies. He graduated and worked for a short time before having a nervous breakdown. After recovering, a dealer in Barcelona named Jose Dalmau was taken with Miro's artwork and gave him a solo show at his gallery in 1918. In 1920 Miro traveled to Paris and met Pablo Picasso and he was enamored with his modern or abstract drawings and paintings. Joan Miro spent his time between Paris and Montroig, Spain as his career as a Surrealist artist blossomed. He was shown at many galleries over the years as well as museums, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York and also Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris. He was also given a Guggenheim International Award in 1958 for murals he had done in Paris.
In 1944 Miro started doing prints to allow the increase of enjoyment from a single person's appreciation of his work to several numbered editions of his paintings. These were typically numbered "1/50" of "50/50" however this is signed H.C. in the lower left corner which stands for Hors Commerce. Proofs annotated "H.C." are supposedly not for sale, but these "proofs" started appearing on the market as part of editions and, in addition A.P or E.A.(artist's proofs), they are another method to extend the edition beyond the stated number of prints. It is also signed Miro in the lower right hand corner. On the back paper it is signed "6742 Graphis Inc" in red ink in cursive. There is also a label that reads "A.P.F., Inc., Framemakers and Conservators, 315 East 92 Street, SHOWROOMS: 231 East 60 Street, & 1001 Madison Avenue, New York City".
The etching is considered to be in very good to excellent condition as there are no tears or stains.There seems to be a very faint toning to the edge of the paper where it is mounted to the linen mat. I believe this is the original frame which needs some attention. It has a thin gold toned frame however one of the sides of the gold face of the frame is missing. The frame also needs strengthening as it appear loose at the corners although it still is able to hang by the wire on the back. I believe the frame can be repaired rather than have to pay for another frame. The etching was made circa 1959.