L’Exile Noir

Joan Miró
L’Exile Noir, (The Black Exile),1969. (D.497).
Etching and aquatint in colors with carborundum on Arches wove paper.
Full sheet, hand-signed and numbered at the lower margins.
Published by Maeght Editeur, Paris.
Professionally framed with museum-grade archival materials.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

It is possible that L’Exile noir (The Black Exile) 1969 is about Joan Miró’s exile in Mallorca from political oppression. Miró was forced to leave Spain in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War and lived in Mallorca for several years until his passing in 1983. Mallorca was home and in exile at the same time. He was careful in the years of the dictatorship to make his opposition clear without becoming a martyr. He worked on the island for more than 40 years, producing paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and lithographs. The print depicts a black figure, or “exile,” surrounded by a swirling mass of colors and shapes. The print could be interpreted as a meditation on the nature of exile and outsiderdom. The black figure in the print could represent Miró himself or anyone who feels like an outsider. The swirling mass of colors and shapes could represent the world that the exile inhabits or the artist’s imagination. However, it is also possible that the print is not specifically about Miró’s exile. The theme of exile is common in Miró’s work, and he may have been using print to explore the concept more broadly.

Joan Miró – Off The Wall Gallery Houston, Texas.

Artwork size: 42 x 27 inches / 106 x 68 cm
Frame size: 45 x 30.5 inches / 114 x 77.5 cm.
Inv #: AB5620
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