Description & Technical information

This work decorated a copy of Ubu roi (Paris, Tériade, 1966).

The drawing dated 1967 shows the artists's characteristic signs such as the star, the cloud and the dot.
But above all, Joan Miro uses the typography of the title of the play to draw a portrait of Alfred Jarry's character, Ubu Roi. The artist's childish pen perfectly matches the playwright's representation of this protagonist.
The play was inspired by Sophocles' work, Oedipe Roi. It
was published in 1896 and Alfred Jarry, father of contemporary theatre,criticizes the Third Republic in it. Through his impossible character, Ubu, the autor represents all the flaws of the human race since he
defines him as cruel, coward, vulgar and even stupid. The play caused a scandal during its first performance and still remains a theatrical reference today.
The edition of our book is dated 1966. Only 205 copies were printed on Velin d'Arches. Twenty-five of them were not sold and were numbered from I to XXV. Our drawing appears in n°XIX, it is signed by the artist with a colophon.
In addition, this drawing by Miro is dedicated to André Lejard, a man of letters who played an important role in the publishing world. Editor-in-chief of the magazine
Arts et métiers graphiques, but also founder of Editions du Chêne, this multifaceted man was an important figure in the arts world. He later became a collector, but above all, a friend of renowned artists whose studios he regularly visited . This was the case for Miro, an artist who
was always supported by André Lejard and with whom he maintained a friendly relationship.


Signed, dated and dedicated lower center: pour André Lejard, amicalement; Miro 1/v/67
Certificate of authenticity issued by the ADOM (Association for the preservation of Joan Miro's work) dated June 22nd 2018.


Date:  1967
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Wax pencil, colored pencil and pencil on paper
Dimensions: 41.2 x 32.3 cm (16¹/₄ x 12³/₄ inches)
Provenance: André Lejard collection, directly acquired from the artist.
To the former owner by descent.

Literature: Patrick Cramer, Joan Miro : Catalogue Raisonné des livres illustrés, Geneva, 1989, illustrated under the n°107.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints