Je Travaille Comme un Jardinier, 1963Lithograph in colors
16 by 12 7/8 in. W/frame 28 by 24 7/8 in.
Charming and playful, Joan Miró Je Travaille Comme un Jardinier (I Work Like a Gardener), 1963 retains a sense of childlike innocence and joy. What appear as erratic lines are, in fact, strategic scribbles, carefully placed to evoke a sense of childlike creativity. Miró places bold black lines against yellow, green, and red patches as, through abstraction, we begin to witness the transformation of these colors into curious figures. Perhaps most notable is the rich sense of crayon-like texture that Miró achieves in this print, which further contributes to its youthful feel.
Created in 1963, this work is one of a series of nine lithographs produced for the portfolio Je Travaille Comme un Jardinier (I Work Like a Gardener). Printed by Mourlot, this work is an artist's proof annotated 'EA' (Épreuve d'Artiste) in pencil in the lower left (aside from the edition of 145). Hand signed by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right, this work was published by XXe Siècle, Paris.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Joan Miró I Work Like a Gardener (Je Travaille Comme un Jardinier), 1963 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work):
Maeght Editeur. Joan Miró Lithographs, vol. II, Maeght Editeur: Paris, 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 370 on pg. 231 and detailed on pg. 223.
Cramer, Patrick. Joan Miró, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné, Patrick Cramer: Geneva, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 85 on pg. 232-3.
Inventory Number: Art M354