Transcending Boundaries: International Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 25 October 2023

International Modern and Contemporary Art

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ZAR 99 663
Lot 71
  • Joan Miró; Bonjour Max Ernst (Dupin 936, Cramer 215)
  • Joan Miró; Bonjour Max Ernst (Dupin 936, Cramer 215)
  • Joan Miró; Bonjour Max Ernst (Dupin 936, Cramer 215)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 99 663

About this Item

Spanish 1893-1983
Bonjour Max Ernst (Dupin 936, Cramer 215)

signed and numbered 71/100 in pencil in the margin

etching and aquatint in colours with embossing on Arches paper
image size: 64 by 48cm; 89,5 by 73,5 by 3,5cm including frame


Of the edition, there are 30 hors d'commerce impressions in Roman numerals, published by Georges Visat, Paris.

Joan Miró i Ferrà, a pioneering Spanish artist hailing from Barcelona, is celebrated for his mastery in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics, leaving a permanent impact on 20th-century art. In 1975, a testament to his influence, the Fundació Joan Miró was established in his birthplace, Barcelona, followed by the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Palma de Mallorca in 1981.

Miró’s artistic journey was a fusion of reality and imagination; abstraction and figuration; and image and text. His iconic work, The Hunter (Catalan Landscape), unveiled the poetry within everyday life, incorporating personal symbols from his family farm. Miró, like Surrealism, aimed to free the inner workings of the mind through pure psychic automatism, blending spontaneity with calculation in his quest for a new pictorial language. He challenged reality with vibrant colours and surreal proportions.

The late 1920s marked a period of experimentation for Miró, where he pushed the boundaries of painting with various mediums, techniques, collages, and constructions. Miró opted for the universal language of the subconscious over intellectualism. His work, especially from this later period, drew extensively from primordial forms and images, reflecting the influence of African culture on the development of modernism. A significant exhibition of selected works showcasing Africa’s impact on the artist The Magical Universe of Joan Miró was held in 2002 at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg.


The Maeght Foundation, Saint Paul de Vence, France, 1980.

Private Collection.


Jacques Dupin (1962) Joan Miro: Life and Work, New York: Harry N. Abrams, cat. no. 936.

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