Chagall, Marc, Le Ciel Bleu, Paris (The Blue Sky of Paris), 1964
Signed Marc Chagall, Lithograph, Le Ciel Bleu, Paris (The Blue Sky of Paris), 1964
|Artist:||Chagall, Marc (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Le Ciel Bleu, Paris (The Blue Sky of Paris), 1964|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||26 1/2 in 20 5/8 in (67.5 cm x 52.4 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||30 1/4 in x 22 3/8 in (76.8 cm x 56.8 cm)|
|Framed Size:||42 in x 35 in (106.7 cm x 88.9 m)|
|Signed:||This work is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887|
|Edition:||Numbered 65/90 in pencil in the lower left margin.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition, rich and vibrant color, particularly in the orange and green, that remain bold and fresh.|
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Full of richly deep hues in complimentary tones, this work illustrates the artist's use of dreamlike imagery depicting the Parisian landscape from a "blue sky" view. Evoking a sense of quietude and beauty, Chagall entices the viewer through the use of symbolic elements and a lyrical use of form.
Created in 1964, this original color lithograph was created for the Chagall Exhibition at the Maeght Gallery. Published by Maeght, this piece is printed on BFK Rives paper, has a full watermark, and is numbered 65/90 in pencil the lower left. The work is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.
In Chagall's whimsical and romantic style, he merges several separate images into one well-balanced and dynamic composition. This particular piece is comprised of a vibrant orange head, a cheery yellow bird profile, a delicate floral bouquet, and select landmarks from Paris-which include the Eiffel Tour, Notre Dame, and the Seine River, among others. Just as the yellow bird at the center of the print gazes over all of Paris, we enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The rich blue sky, or "Le Ciel Bleu" is delightfully executed in a jewel tone blue that ranges from green to grey to a pale blue. These colors merge into an expressive amalgam that is very rich, and best appreciated in person. In fact, this particular work possesses so many tonal subtleties, that a photograph cannot truly capture the color density and variation. It should be viewed in person.
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|Style:||20th Century Modern Master, Lovers, French and Russian|
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Biography of Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall was born July 7, 1887, in Vitebsk, Russia. From 1907 to 1910, he studied in Saint Petersburg, at the Imperial Society for the Protection of the Arts and later with Léon Bakst. In 1910, he moved to Paris, where he associated with Guillaume Apollinaire and Robert Delaunay and encountered Fauvism and Cubism. He participated in the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne in 1912. His first solo show was held in 1914 at Der Sturm gallery in Berlin.
Chagall visited Russia in 1914, and was prevented from returning to Paris by the outbreak of war. He settled in Vitebsk, where he was appointed Commissar for Art in 1918. He founded the Vitebsk Popular Art School and directed it until disagreements with the Suprematists resulted in his resignation in 1920. He moved to Moscow and executed his first stage designs for the State Jewish Chamber Theater there. After a sojourn in Berlin, Chagall returned to Paris in 1923 and met Ambroise Vollard. His first retrospective took place in 1924 at the Galerie Barbazanges-Hodebert, Paris. During the 1930s, he traveled to Palestine, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Italy. In 1933, the Kunsthalle Basel held a major retrospective of his work.
During World War II, Chagall fled to the United States. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave him a retrospective in 1946. He settled permanently in France in 1948 and exhibited in Paris, Amsterdam, and London. During 1951, he visited Israel and executed his first sculptures. The following year, the artist traveled in Greece and Italy. During the 1960s, Chagall continued to travel widely, often in association with large-scale commissions he received. Among these were windows for the synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, installed in 1962; a ceiling for the Paris Opéra, installed in 1964; a window for the United Nations building, New York, installed in 1964; murals for the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, installed in 1967; and windows for the cathedral in Metz, France, installed in 1968. An exhibition of the artist's work from 1967 to 1977 was held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, in 1977-78, and a major retrospective was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1985. During his lifetime he also created popular lithographs, such as Maternity. Chagall died March 28, 1985, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
"When Matisse dies," Pablo Picasso remarked, "Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is." Picasso claimed he was not a fan of the "flying violins and all the folklore, but his canvases are really painted, not just thrown together." He followed up by saying, "There's never been anybody since Renoir who has the feeling for light that Chagall has."
The Haggerty Museum describes The Bible Chagall prints as showing "Chagall's fluid forms, dreamlike sense of space and unique style. In his choice of subject matter, Chagall reveals his reading of the Old Testament in its moments of triumph, sorrow, and prophecy."