Creighton-Davis Gallery
Timed Auction

Fine and Decorative Lottery Style Auction

Sat, Apr 6, 2024 03:00AM EDT - Sun, Apr 28, 2024 08:00PM EDT
Lot 262

Miro, Joan,

Estimate: $100 - $5,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
  • Title: "Person and Bird (Galerie Maeght Exhibition,1948)",
  • Medium:color lithograph on "Marais" watermarked paper (upper left),
  • signed by the artist,, from a few signed examples "avante la lettre" on Marais paper and before the editioned print of the same name with special graphic additions,
  • Publisher-Year:Printed by Mourlot, Paris. Published by Galerie Maeght, Paris.
  • Size: , ,
  • See Provenance for Additional Information


In generally good condition with definite toning to the sheet, minor staining from prior matting at the edges, faint foxing verso. The full sheet, mounted to a support sheet. As this work was used in the Maeght exhibition in 1948, it shows expected signs of being handled with some restoration to make it very presentable., Framed, but unexamined out of the frame.

Reference: Recorded and illustrated in the standard text on the original lithographs of Miro by Corredor-Matheos, No. 4. (Not listed in Mourlot, but related works are Nos. 67-68.)
Provenance: Foundation Maeght, Saint Paul, France, with their label.
Note: This highly anthropomorphic original lithograph was produced in conjunction with Miro's first one-man show at Gallerie Maeght in 1948. A few examples with just the art work were printed on thin, fragile proofing paper watermarked Marais as here. Then lettering was added for a numbered edition and a poster edition (see related lot) for the general exhibition printing run. The editioned lithograph of 75 with the added lettering was a separate project on Rives paper. This example is the artwork for the poster without lettering and before the additional artwork for the edition of 75. Only a few such examples are known. Mourlot's catalog does not mention these rare proofs on Maris paper, but Corredor-Matheos mentions "some copies avant la lettre...on Marais paper, signed". This is one of those rare few examples. The original Maeght Gallery label from the 1948 exhibition is found on the support sheet. Historically important and extremely rare.