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Сolor, Humor, Rhythm

01/11/2019 - 19/01/2020

The display continues the exhibition programme dedicated to the books illustrated by Surrealist artists. It will display around thirty books from the holdings of Mark Bashmakov.

The first books with illustrations by Joan Miró emerged as early as between the 1920s and 1930s, although it was not until the middle/second half of the century that his creative contribution to the livre d’artiste reached its zenith. During that time Miró became perhaps the most popular livre d’artiste master. The books and journals featuring his prints number more than two hundred and fifty, including many large volumes, decorated literally from cover to cover.

Miró’s books, just as his artwork as a whole, combine artistic features that are spontaneous and not-so-obviously methodical at the same time. He eagerly experimented with different printmaking techniques, ingeniously making use of any makeshift tools and materials at hand. He stated that a book has to be like a ‘sculpture carved in marble’, structuring the best of his works as an elaborate ensemble, marked by a single motion and rhythm.


January 19
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The State Hermitage Museum
Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya, 34
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
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