Saturday, October 16, 2010

Joan Miro and Carborundum Etchings

Trace sur la Paroi IV, 1967
Etching, Aquatint with Carborundum
73.5 x 104 cm
 Throughout his life, Artist Joan Miro worked in several printmaking processes, including engraving, lithography and etching, as well as the use of stencils (called pochoir). Joan Miro stated that printmaking made his paintings richer, and gave him new ideas for his art. 

Exile Vert, 1969
Etching, Aquatint with Carborundum
102.5 x 70 cm
A major breakthrough for Miro's graphic work arrived through an introduction, by renowned master printmaker Robert Dutrou, to carborundum (silicon carbide engraving) in 1967. The Carborundum printmaking process, pioneered by Henri Goetz, is an engraving technique requiring the use of an abrasive ground (carborundum) added to the etching plate to create a granulated or textured surface. Joan Miro found that by combining this new technique with other etching methods, especially aquatint (a painterly technique of engraving a resin ground on an etching plate rather than the plate itself), Miro could invent images to rival any painting, thereby ennobling the art of printmaking. The etchings and aquatints with carborundum, created from 1967 through 1969, set an incomparable standard for quality and indicated to the artist the incredible possibilities inherent to the carborundum technique, which Joan Miro would continue to explore throughout the balance of his career. The importance of this series of carborundum aquatints conceived from 1967 through 1969 was recognized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1970 with a special exhibition devoted to them titled Joan Miro: Fifty Recent Prints.

La Fronde, 1969
Etching, Aquatint with Carborundum
106 x 70 cm
In the final decade of Joan Miro’s life, Miro devoted himself primarily to the art of printmaking, literally flinging himself headlong into project after project. Miro'sretreat from painting was not due to any weakening of his creative abilities or fertile imagination, but rather a focus especially on etching as the chosen means to an end. This was also a busy period for Robert Dutrou. From 1976 to 1981, Joan Miro created twenty-two compositions in etching, aquatint and carborundum with him, many on a large scale, as well as completing many engravings as illustrations for books.

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