Parler Seul. JOAN MIRÓ, TRISTAN TZARA.
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"This book represents a particularly effective collaboration between artist and author. Miró's brilliantly spontaneous and amorphous images, drawn directly on the stone with very few preparatory sketches, have the inventive verve of Tzara's random verses." —The Artist and the Book

SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, number 75 of only 200 copies printed on malacca pur chiffon from a total edition of 250 and SIGNED BY MIRÓ AND TZARA.

Complete with 72 original lithographs by Miró, including 49 in color, of which 18 are hors-texte. Text by Tristan Tzara.

"Tristan Tzara had written his text for Parler Seul by 1945; Miró’s lithographs, printed by Mourlot, were not completed until 1950. By rapid successions of absence and presence Tzara evokes confrontations of man with man and of man with the world. Movement, trajectories, and swift passages represent human existence… The verbal flow, never interrupted by the intrusion of capital letters and punctuation, impels the reader toward transgressions, toward the unknown. Miró’s lithographs amplify a text barely thirty pages long: every printed page is decorated, framed, and extended by an illustration, and even more numerous are the pages covered by lively constellations of color without benefit a text… Miró’s characteristic shapes force the printed page to shun all repose and equilibrium; thus they make the dynamism of the text visible by transgressing the expected orderliness of graphic representation…” (Hubert, Surrealism and the Book).

The Artist and the Book 206. Cramer 17. Rauch 165. Johnson, Artists' Books in the Modern Era 1870–2000, No. 127.

Paris: Maeght, 1948–50. Folio, complete with original lithographed chemise, slipcase, and wrappers. A touch of foxing to wrappers. A beautiful and very rare complete copy of one of Miró's finest books—a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration.

Price: $23,000 .

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