Nocturne / Night Reflections. Original colour lithograph, 1953.
1200 unsigned impressions (of which this is one) where made for the special issue of Derrière le Miroir, published on the occasion of Miro's 60th birthday.
The original lithographs executed for the occasion constitute Miro's birthday present to the world.
One of Miro's most spectacular early colour lithographs, it is often shown in museum shows, It is one of the most spectacular prints of the twentieth century.
Joan Miro was a Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealismbut with a personal style, sometimes also veering into Fauvism and Expressionism. He was notable for his interest in the unconscious or the subconscious mind, reflected in his works.
Miró initially went to business school as well as art school but soon abandoned the business world completely for art. His early art, was inspired by van Gogh and Paul but later he developed a more individual style of painting and certain nationalistic qualities. Eventually joining the Surrealist movement, he did not abandon form entirely and later returned to a more representational form of painting.
He developed a close relationship with Fernand Mourlot (Paris) and that resulted in the production of over one thousand different lithographic editions of his works and many original lithographs.
Miro died in 1983 leaving behind a large body of works which have remained influential to artists to the present day.