Joan Miró studio
Palma de Mallorca
Text by Valter Rossi from "La vita è segno"
Pilar, Miró's wife, answered the phone and was not surprised by my phone call; on the same day he invited us to their house in the hills, where they welcomed us with extreme simplicity and kindness.
We had met Miró before in Paris in galleries and public places, but we were excited to be received at his home. They were both waiting for us at the entrance of the house where they welcomed us and we immediately realized the simplicity of their home, the casual and casual way of dressing, sober and simple.
The fact that we came from Italy with our boat to meet him made him curious and interested. He wanted to know many details of our movements and navigation. When he learned that on our boat we also had the equipment to work and create a graphic work, he was happy because, at that point, he realized that we had undertaken that journey just for him.
Making lithography with Miró was a pleasure, our intervention was only chemical.
The image was born naturally and progressively, controlled by a technique that exploited all the known knowledge of lithography with a naturalness that is surprising for us too. That knowledge allowed him an approach of complete poetry almost childish, the image that was born was covered by a mysterious and mature shadow, full of memories.
We would have liked to take him to face a copper plate, and we had prepared ourselves in that sense but, probably, he had realized that with a lithograph he would have, in a short time, resolved his commitment to Unesco. For this reason we have absolutely not insisted. Only when the work was finished did we show some graphics we had made with artists he loved and, perhaps, at that moment, and it's just my thought, he had the doubt that he had missed a new opportunity. It would, if nothing else, take him back a few years, years in which he made his beautiful engravings.