Ubu Roi (M.406)

Ubu Roi (M.406)
Miro Joan Ubu Roi 1966 M. Ma. 406; M. 474; C. 108 16 1/4" x 25" Lithograph in color on Arches vellum paper with the Arches watermark. From the Arabic numbered edition of 75 examples printed in color with the full signature of the artist (75 Arabic numbered examples in black with the initial of the artist 75 Arabic numbered examples in color unsigned and 25 hors commerce proofs annotated H.C. also exist). Published by Teriade Paris. Printed by Mourlot Paris. The story of Ubu Roi" began as a parody of one of Alfred Jarry's teachers Felix Hebert who taught at the Renees Lycee. Jarry co-authored the farce with his friend Henri Morin and the skit went through many transformations. From a marionette play to a stage production at the Theatre de l'Oeuvre the play which premiered in December of 1896 was received with screams fights and disgust. Considered to be one of the first works in the theatre of the absurd Ubu Roi ruffled feathers with the opening one liner. Fitting for the main character portrayed as a vulgar dishonest and cruel being. Taking story lines from Shakespearean literature notably Macbeth Ubu Roi tells the story of a power driven man the exiled King of Aragon who along with his wife and general try to kill the King of Wenceslas and take power. His greed is so great that he turns on his general and imprisons him. The General subsequently escapes and seeks the aid of The Czar of Russia who finally overthrows King Ubu. Best known for "Ubu Roi" Alfred Jarry had a relatively short life and career. By the age of 23 he attained fame for his burlesque stories and parodies on European philosophies. His plays not only caught the attention of Miro but individuals such as Guillaume Apollinaire who considered Jarry to be heroic and Picasso who acquired Jarry's pistol after his death and bought many of his manuscripts. Alfred Jarry is considered to be one of the forerunners in the Surrealist movement. Miro was often inspired and drawn to the writings of the Surrealists as their words gave Miro a perfect platform to work his craft."
Ubu Roi (M.406)
Miró, Joan
16 1/4" x 24 7/8"
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