The Lizard with the Golden Feathers by Joan Miró
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Joan Miró

The Lizard with the Golden Feathers 1967

33 ⨯ 48 cm
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medium: lithograph
printed by: Mourlot, Paris
reference: Mourlot 446
From the edition of 80 unsigned test proofs, distributed before the cancellation of the original Le Lezard aux Plumes d'or Suite. Printed by the Atelier Mourlot, Paris.
In 1967, Joan Miro created 18 original color lithographs to accompany his poem "The Lizard with the Golden Feathers". Some time after the circulation of these original prints, Miro noticed a manufacturing defect in the paper and decided to stop the circulation of the Le Lezard aux Plumes d'or series (Maeght 445-462). Only the works already in circulation survived as well as the test proofs that had been sent to certain galleries for their catalogues. The complete number of survived prints is unknown but it is estimated that there would be, for every plate: 80 tests aside from the signed and numbered edition.
Since the original stones from the Le Lezard aux Plume d'or Portfolio had been obliterated, they could not proceed with a new circulation of the same compositions, and so Joan Miro created a second Lizard with the Golden Feathers Suite with new lithographs in 1971 (Maeght 789 - 828).

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taught about modern art movements and introduced to contemporary poets. Between 1912 and 1920 Miró painted nudes, still lifes and landscapes. During this perios Miró developed an interest in the bright colours of the French Fauve painters and the fractured compositions created by the Cubists.

In 1919 Miró moved to Paris where he continued his artistic development. Miró was intrigued by the Dade and Surrealist movements and became friends with André Breton, a Surrealist writer who led the Surrealist movement.

Miró held his first solo show in Paris in 1921, which unexpectedly was a complete failure and he didn’t sell a single work. Determined as he was however, Miró participated in the first Surrealist exhibition in 1925, collaborating with the group’s members creating larger commissions. He first worked with Max Ernst in 1926 on the creation of Sergei Diaghilev's ballet set designs.

In 1929, having a flourishing career by now, he married Pilar Juncosa. A few years later his work was exhibited in both France and the United States. When the war broke out Miró and his family were forced to flee to Mallorca.

Miró’s first retrospective was held at the MoMA in New York and was a great success. This continued to grow both in Europe and America. He incidentally inspired a generation of American artists, the Abstract Expressionists, with his simplified forms.

Dividing his time between France and Spain in the 1950s, Miró had begun working on a larger scale, both on canvas and in ceramics. At the end of the 1950s Miró along with Salvador Dalí, Enrique Tabara, and Eugenio Granell participated in Homage to Surrealism, an exhibition in Spain organized by André Breton. He continued to break away from his own patterns in the 1960s.

Throughout his life Miró continued to receive many accolades and public commissions. He received an honorary degree from the University of Barcelona in 1979. Miró died at his home in 1983.