Original colour lithograph by Joan Miro published by Maeght in Derriere Le Miroir, 1963.
Miro was a Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism but 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.
Derrière le Miroir (DLM) was an art magazine published between 1946 and 1982 by the French publisher and gallery owner Aimé Maeght of Galerie Maeght, which for many years was the most important gallery in the world for contemporary art.
Each edition represented a catalogue of an exhibition held at the Galerie and was published from 1946 - 1982. The lithographs produced for DLM were made by Atelier Mourlot, Paris. They were the premier workshop for the production of artists' lithographs in Paris during the second half of the 20th century.
DLM was mailed individually to subscribers, including libraries and universities worldwide, and the lithographs published with the magazines are now sought after collectables.