Miro, Joan (Spanish, 1893-1983). LES TROGLODYTES. Dupin 1009. Carborundum etcing and aquatint in colors, 1978. Edition of 50 (plus 14 Hors de Commerce). Signed in pencil and numbered "29/50." Published by Maeght, Paris. Printed on Arches paper. 8 5/8 x 45 3/8 inches, 220 x 1150 mm. (plate), 18 7/8 x 55 1/8 inches, 478 x 1397 mm. (sheet), framed to 27 1/2 x 62 7/8 inches. In excellent condition. Provenance: Wolf Schulz Gallery, San Francisco, to private collection, New Hampshire. The following materials are included: Wolf Schulz Gallery prospectus for this print, it's Certificate of Authenticity, a further letter from Wolf Schulz certifying authenticity, both dated in 1982, and a brochure titled "Miro and the Carborundum Process by Riva Castleman, the Curator of Prints at MoMA, NY.
Castleman says about the Carborundum process: "The intense impasto effect in these works, particularly in the black areas, is due to a new technique developed by Henri Goetz. These areas were built up on the plate through the use of a synthetic resin incorporating carborundum, which Miro "painted" directly onto the plate. The heavy strokes of resin hardened into thick relief capable of taking ink in considerable density and deeply impressing the paper. These thickly textured areas contrast with thin transparent washes that seem to underlie them and have the quality of the finest aquatint."