Untitled - from the International Rescue Committee portfolio by Joan Miro

Untitled - from the International Rescue Committee portfolio by Joan Miro

Untitled - from the International Rescue Committee portfolio

Joan Miro

Title

Untitled - from the International Rescue Committee portfolio

 
Artist

Joan Miro

  1893 - 1983 (biography)
Year
1966  
Technique
color lithograph 
Image Size
13 5/8 x 19 5/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
239 of 250  
Annotations
pencil editioned, lower left 
Reference
Mourlot 459 
Paper
cream Arches vellum wove 
State
published 
Publisher
International Rescue Committee, Washington, D.C. 
Inventory ID
22376 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

In 1940, after Hitler’s Army swept through Europe and seized France, a New York journalist named Varian Fry was dispatched to Marseilles by the Emergency Rescue Committee, later to become the IRC. There he initiated a clandestine operation to rescue some of Europe’s most important cultural leaders whose names were on the Nazis’ list of most wanted. Often called the “American Schindler,” Fry was able to rescue over 1,500 writers, artists and intellectuals, including Hannah Arendt, André Breton, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Wanda Landowska, Jacques Lipchitz, and Heinrich Mann.

In the 1960’s, Fry sought to raise funds for the expanding efforts of the IRC. The sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, one of the artists rescued by Fry and his colleagues, suggested that they assemble and sell portfolios of artwork based on the theme of “flight,” to reflect the refugee experience. Three hundred original portfolios were produced, fifty of them deluxe editions. The prints were hand-pulled and the artists then destroyed the plates. The collection consists of eleven lithographs and one serigraph and includes the work of Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, André Masson and Joan Miró, who were all rescued by Fry and owed their lives to him, and also Eugene Berman, Alexander Calder, Vieira da Silva, Adolph Gottlieb, Wifredo Lam, Robert Motherwell (the serigraph), Edouard Pignon, and Fritz Wotruba.

Text from Rescue.org: "IRC Portfolio on Display at Oglethorpe", September 22, 2016