Home > Joan Miró > Gilden's Art Gallery (IFPDA) > The Night, the Bear III, from: Series for King Ubu | La Nuit, L’Ours III, from: Suites pour Ubu Roi
  • The Night, the Bear III, from: Series for King Ubu | La Nuit, L’Ours III, from: Suites pour Ubu Roi by Joan Miró

The Night, the Bear III, from: Series for King Ubu | La Nuit, L’Ours III, from: Suites pour Ubu Roi by Joan Miró

Gilden's Art Gallery (IFPDA)

Colour Lithograph

1966

Edition Size: 75

Sheet Size: 54 x 75 cm

Signed

Condition: Good

Details — Click to read

JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Montroig 1893-1983 Mallorca (Spanish)

Title: The Night, the Bear III, from: Series for King Ubu | La Nuit, L’Ours III, from: Suites pour Ubu Roi, 1966

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 54 x 75 cm. / 21.3 x 29.5 in.
Image size: 41 x 63 cm. / 16.1 x 24.8 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Miró” at the lower right corner.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 75, at the lower left corner. There were also 25 hors commerce [out of trade] impressions.
The work was part of a portfolio entitled “Roi Ubu” [King Ubu] realised by the artist in 1966.
It was printed by Atelier Mourlot, Paris and published by Tériade Éditeur, Paris.
The paper bears the Arches watermark along the lower margin.

Note: Ubu Roi (Ubu the King) is a play by Alfred Jarry, premiered in 1896. It is a precursor of the Theatre of the Absurd and Surrealism.
It is the first of three stylised burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices—in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeois to abuse the authority engendered by success.
It was followed by Ubu Cocu [Ubu Cuckolded] and Ubu Enchaîné [Ubu Enchained], neither of which was performed during Jarry’s 34-year life.
Père Ubu first appeared in 1888 in a collaboration between Alfred Jarry and a fellow student at the Rennes Lycée, but his first public appearance came in 1893 when Jarry published some of prose works in an avant-garde review, the Minutes de Sable Mémorial. His triumph, however, was on the stage when the director of the Theâtre de l’Oeuvre, Lugne-Poe staged a production of Ubu Roi.
The audience received the play with screams, whistles, fist-shaking, the critics took up the cudgels and the play became infamous and its author an avant-garde hero.
Joan Miró used Ubu Roi as a subject of his most famous series, made of 50 1940 lithographs known as “the Barcelona Series”.
These pictures could be Ubu Roi but they also satirise General Franco and his generals after he had won the Spanish Civil War.
He revisited this subject many times in his oeuvre.

Literature:
1. Mourlot, F. & Leiris, M. (1977). Joan Miró: Der Lithograph, Vol. III 1964-1969. Geneva: Weber.
Reference: Mourlot 424
2. Cramer, P. (1989). Miró: Catalogue des Livres Ilustrées. Paris: Edition Cramer,
Reference: Cramer 108

Condition: Very good condition. A 22 mm. area of moisture staining in the lower margin. Pale, unobtrusive staining in the margins.

$8,000.00

The Artist

Joan Miró

Joan Miró was a Spanish artist who was known for his abstract and surrealist artwork. He was active in the printmaking medium, creating lithographs, etchings, and linocuts. Miró’s prints often feature biomorphic shapes, bold colours and abstract patterns that are inspired by nature, and the subconscious mind.

Read more

More Joan Miró prints at Gilden's Art Gallery (IFPDA)

See More

More Joan Miró prints

View Artist

More prints at Gilden's Art Gallery (IFPDA)

View Gallery

Related Artists