Joan Miró Le Roi David (King David), 1972 exemplifies Miró’s ability to convey beautiful imagery from simplicity. Depicting a bold and colourful image in hues of blue, black and red, this work immediately captures the viewer’s attention. Intensely executed with painterly strokes of colour, the abstract quality of the image leaves the subject up to the viewer's imagination. A bold dark black figure occupies the central area in this work, with an interior of deep red and blue washes. Splatters of grey in the upper right and lower left add texture and tone, which contrasts with the remaining imagery of the piece-giving the work a sense of controlled chaos.
The simplicity in this image is intentional. Miró explains “My figures underwent the same simplification as my colours. Simplified as they are, they are more human and more alive than they would be if represented in all their detail. Represented in detail, they would lose their imaginary quality, which enhances everything." Imagination plays an active role in all of the artist's works and this colour etching is no exception.
Created in 1972, this colour etching and aquatint with an Arches France watermark are hand-signed by Joan Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma, 1983) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris.