Ending 16th Jul, 2024 18:32

Works on Paper

  Lot 65
Lot 65 - Joan Miró (Spain 1893-1983)


Joan Miró (Spain 1893-1983)
Le Soleil Rouge (The Red Sun)

colour lithograph on Arches paper

Artwork date: 1967
Signature details: signed and numbered XLII/LXXX in pencil
Literature: Catalogue Raisonné: Mourlot, 859.
Location: Cape Town

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colour lithograph on Arches paper

Artwork date: 1967
Signature details: signed and numbered XLII/LXXX in pencil
Literature: Catalogue Raisonné: Mourlot, 859.
Location: Cape Town


sheet size: 45 x 36.5 cm; framed size: 54.5 x 46.5 x 5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.


Joan Miró, a pioneering Catalan-Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramist whose innovative work was often associated with Surrealism, developed a unique style that also incorporated elements of Fauvism and Expressionism. Born in Barcelona, Miró studied at the fine art academy Escola de la Llotja, (formally known as the Escola d'Arts i Oficis de Barcelona) and later moved to Paris, but continued to spend his summers in Catalonia. His art reflects a blend of influences, including the poetry of Parisian symbolists and surrealists, as well as the structural discipline of well-known cubists like Paul Klee.

Miró's distinctive visual language transformed traditional artistic conventions. His work is celebrated for its fanciful yet profound exploration of the subconscious mind, employing bold colours, organic shapes, and playful forms to evoke a sense of wonder and spontaneity. His significance in art history is marked by his ability to bridge various art movements, creating a synthesis that was both revolutionary and timeless.

One of his notable works is The Red Sun (1948), which combines a sense of lively whimsy and striking intensity. In this work, a bold red sun takes centre stage, surrounded by abstract forms and bright colours that dance around the sun as if in orbit. The piece captures Miró’s fascination with mystery, contemplation, and the sources of human feeling.

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Auction: Works on Paper, ending 16th Jul, 2024



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