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May 16, 2014 04:00 PMCalender

Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) Sans Titre

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2728BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 16, 2014 4:00PM


Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983)

Sans Titre, 1958
Dedicated and signed "à Madame et Monsieur Straus, avec toute mon amitié/Miró" on
the front end paper.
Crayon on paper, image size 12 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (32.1 x 26.4 cm),bound within the book Joan Miró: His Graphic Work, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1958.
Condition: Good.

Provenance: Estate of Elizabeth (née Allen) Straus (1916-2010),New York and Maine.

N.B. Fondly remembered as the "godmother of downtown arts", Elizabeth Straus worked tirelessly to support New York City's cultural life through her leadership and graciousness. (1) She was a a lifelong trustee for the Museum of Modern Art, and chaired its International Program since its inception in 1952. Through this program, she met most if not all of the artists who came to New York for their shows, and hosted dinner parties with husband Donald Blun Straus in their honor. The present work was dedicated by Miró after a visit to their home, which is recalled by her family.

Straus also founded the Cultural Council Foundation, which supported hundreds of art non-profits before it merged with the New York State Council on the Arts, and served on the board of the New York Botanical Garden for over 40 years.

A photo-certificate from ADOM accompanies the lot; we wish to thank Ariane Lelong-Mainaud of ADOM for her kind assistance.

(1) Jenny Pegg, Big Apple Benefactor, Stanford Magazine, March/April 2011. http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=28623
Estimate $12,000-18,000

Water ring and minor abrasions to cover, minor toning to perimeters of sheet, small tear to cloth covered binding; minor abrasions to cover; weakened glue along bound edge; very minor handling creases; no additional condition issues to report.

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Elizabeth Straus, Harry N. Abrams Inc., Maine, New York City, lifelong trustee, Donald Blun Straus, New York State Council on the Arts, board member, Cultural Council Foundation, New York Botanical Garden, Ariane Lelong-Mainaud, http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=28623, Jenny Pegg