3/8/11

Joan Miro Pochoir


I spent a few hours this afternoon researching a print titled L'ete by Joan Miro that was published in Verve in 1938. Verve was an art quarterly that was published in Paris and this specific volume, Vol. 1 No. 3 (October - December), featured colored lithographs of the four seasons by the artists Miro, Chagall, Rattner, and Klee. 

What we have for sale at Blue Elephant is a page taken from Verve. The side you see is the pochoir, or stencil, that is signed within the piece in the lower left hand corner. On the reverse side of this is a black and white lithograph that includes the title of the piece and another signature within the plate. As it came from a publication, Miro did not sign this in his own hand and the lithography work for this edition of Verve is credited to Mourlot Freres.
A certificate of authenticity (COA) came with the piece, but I was not able to establish the document's authenticity. Many times a COA will be made to lend credibility to a piece of art, and even though I believe the print to be authentic I think the COA is not from a credible appraiser.

The print measures 10 by 10 1/4 inches. Sale price $395.

Catalogue reference: Dupin 1310, Benhoura 396.


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