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Ubu Roi I (M460)
Plate I from the suite of XIII images
Decomposition lithograph in black on Arches wove paper, 1966.
Monogrammed in pencil, numbered from the edition of 75
In this work, Miró revisits his early and important Barcelona series, executed during World War II as a protest against its savagery. Image size: 540x740mm.
Ubu Roi was printed by Mourlot and published by Teriade, Paris in an edition of 205 portfolios, all numbered and signed by Miró, Of these 205 portfolios, 180 were numbered from 1/180 to 180/ 180 and 25 from HC 1 to HC 25, each containing a set of unsigned color lithographs with centerfolds printed on Arches paper.
There were also 75 Suites for Ubu Roi printed on larger paper that contained 75 numbered impressions in black signed by Miro with his monogram, 75 signed and numbered color impressions, and 75 impressions neither signed nor numbered containing lithographs printed from only the color stones but not the black stone, all on Arches paper with large margins.
(See Joan Miró The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné by Patrick Cramer.)
Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) the notoriously unconventional playwright, and forerunner of the "Theater of the Absurd" movement wrote "Ubu Roi" as a surrealist interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. "Ubu Roi's" plot mimics that of Macbeth as we watch Pere Ubu murder a royal family, ascend to power, and flee into exile. Despite similarities to Shakespeare, it is the rapid tempo of Jarry's play with characters that move very quickly through their thoughts and actions that creates an unprecedented atmosphere of fantasy and mania. This stunning piece, the first in the series of 13 lithographs, sets the stage for the chaos to follow.