La Cascade (The Waterfall)
Image: 34 x 23” / Full Sheet: 35 1/4 × 24 in
Bibliography: Maeght ed. "Miro Lithographs", vol II, n° 391 p.34 (ill)
Signed in pencil on lower right recto “Miro”
Numbered in pencil on lower left recto "14/75"
From the edition of 75.
Printed and published by Maeght, Paris on Vellum paper
“The flowing of the cascade of water on the left vertical runs amok from the circular water source placed high into the top right corner. Although Miro cherished the act of automatic or random drawing, we see the festive transcendence of dark figurative apparitions. Circular elements stream through the composition like planetary orbits. Playful volleys of color are cemented within the picture plane with the complementing obscure color palette.”
The close relationship with Fernand Mourlot resulted in the creation of over one thousand Joan Miró lithographic print editions. His process of automatic drawing, allowing the hand to move randomly on the surface, leaving the artwork to chance, enabled him to create works that were genuine reflections of himself, an integral part of his popularity. A popularity that remains today, as they make for 91% of all his works bought on the market.
Detail: Left-Numbered 14 / 75 in pencil, Right- Signature "Miro" in pencil