Chagall, Marc, Sun Bouquet from the Nice and The Côte d'Azur Series, 1967
Signed Marc Chagall, Lithograph, Sun Bouquet from the Nice and The Côte d'Azur Series, 1967
|Artist:||Chagall, Marc (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Sun Bouquet from the Nice and The Côte d'Azur Series, 1967|
Original Color Lithograph
|Image Size:||23 5/8 in x 18 in (60 cm x 46 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||28 3/4 in x 20 1/2 in (73 cm x 52 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 40 in x 32 1/2 in (82.6 cm x 101.6 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin|
|Edition:||Total edition of 150 signed and numbered in Arabic numerals, edition of 75 signed and numbered in Roman numerals, and a few artist's proofs.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition, the colors are bold and fresh.|
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|Offering a highly textured surface, Chagall painstakingly depicts the varied
vegetation of the Cote d' Azur, from the palm trees along the lower margin,
to the vibrant bouquet of flowers, to the tree branch in the upper left. The
plethora of vegetation inspires a sense of continual growth and prosperity which
is further echoed by the forms of the two lovers seen in the lower right. Connected
to the bountiful bouquet by like tonalities, the two lovers drift away from
the other figures depicted on the beach completely consumed by their shared
devotion. Chagall permeates the entire scene with the intense radiating warmth
of the sun which is not seen but merely reflected in the waters of the bay.
It is well known, and especially evident in this work, that the Mediterranean awakens in Chagall a sensation of well-being and plenitude just as the bright sun and flowers awaken in him a sense of freedom. The same feelings are to be found in the works of the most remarkable of those Russians who lived on the Coast during the XIXth century. This was notably the case with Tchekov who, while at Nice in 1897-1898, was also filled with wonder by the sea and flowers, by that " tender and moving " sea, by those " extraordinary " flowers which, a in an incredible mass, inundate the steps " (Correspondence, 1st October and 14th December 1897).
Created in 1967, this image is one of twelve lithographs that Chagall created for the Nice and the Cote D'Azur portfolio. The folio was created to accompany text written by Jean Adhémar, Director of the Cabinet des Estampes at the Bibliotheque Nationale. Printed on Arches wove paper, the work is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin. Edition of 150 signed and numbered in Arabic numerals, edition of 75 signed and numbered in Roman numerals, and a few artist's proofs).
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1) Sorlier, Charles, Chagall Lithographs, 1974-79, 1984, listed on pages 219-220 and
on page 221 as plate CS26.
About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
|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."