Miami, Florida (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
AffordableArt101 Fine Prints announced the acquisition of a rare pochoir print by Spanish artist Joan Miro. Printed in 1937 and issued in Paris by the deluxe art revue "Cahiers d'Art", the piece is called "Aidez L'Espagne". The English translation of the French title is "Help Spain". Measuring 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, the pochoir shows a worker raising his fist in a gesture of international solidarity with the Spanish Republican cause.
Art dealer Roger Walton of AffordableArt101 Fine Prints, owner of the online art gallery selling the print, says "This is one of the most popular and easily recognizable prints by Miro and his most overtly political work. It's a great conversation piece. Collectors get excited about it."
"Miro was sympathetic to leftist causes, as were most artistic figures of the time," continues Walton, "The design was for a 1 franc French postage stamp that would be sold to raise money for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War."
Like Picasso, Miro was a native Spaniard working in Paris during the 1930's, and both shared deep anti-Franco feelings. The English translation of Miro's inscription beneath the image reads, "In the current conflict on the Fascist side I see massive forces, and on the other side are the people whose immense and creative resourcefulness will give Spain a vitality which will astonish the world." This was a bold act for the artist, who was normally not politically outspoken.
This pochoir was issued as a special insert in 1937 for the rare Cahiers d'Art (issue No. 4-5). A pochoir is a type of print made using stencils and hand-applied color. Although producing beautiful, rich color, this medium of printmaking is no longer employed, due to the labor-intensive process needed to produce each copy, or "impression", as print collectors prefer to say. Walton points out that, "Because of Miro's direct creative involvement in the process, this is considered to be an original work of art, even though multiple impressions were printed"
AffordableArt101.com is part of a growing trend of online galleries offering art for sale exclusively on the internet, giving stiff competition to traditional "bricks-and-mortar" galleries. According to Walton, "With lower overhead costs, we can offer the same pieces as other art dealers, but at much lower prices." The online gallery features many styles and genres of original art prints, including Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract and Pop Art prints. "It's been a great season for new acquisitions," says Walton, "as well as Miro, we have some incredible Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and Kandinsky prints for sale. You can find us online at http://www.affordableart101.com."