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MIRO, Joan; DESNOS, Robert.

Pénaltiés de l'enfer ou les nouvelles Hebrides.

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Paris, Arte Adrien Maeght, 1974

A fine example of the limited edition, signed by Miro in red pencil.

Both the Spanish artist Joan Miro and the French poet Robert Desnos were prominent figures in the Surrealist movement in Paris, where they met in 1925. Miro had long planned to illustrate a book by Desnos, but the project was delayed by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and subsequently the Second World War, in which Desnos was an active member of the French Resistance. He was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 and sent to several concentration camps including Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Desnos survived the war only to die of typhoid a few weeks after the liberation of the camp where he was held.

Nearly thirty years later, Desnos' widow approached Miro with the idea of illustrating his works again. In the end they settled on Pénalités de l'enfer ou les nouvelles Hébrides [The Penalties

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Limited edition, number 51 of 150 copies on Arches wove paper signed in red pencil by Miro, from an edition of 200, with an additional 20 copies hors commerce; oblong folio, (29 x 40 cm); title, text and limitation on Arches wove paper, 25 lithographs in total (20 colour, 5 black and white), including wrappers, limitation page all bar three double-page; original paper wrappers with first lithograph printed on front, spine and back; set of six lithographs in black by or after the same hand, one with additions in red ball-point pen, in beige paper folder entitled 'documents 1929,' housed in publisher's orange cloth covered box with artist's and author's names on spine.


Mourlot 959-90; Cramer 188.

Stock ID:96271

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