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ARTIST: Marc Chagall
TITLE: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
MEDIUM: Original Color Lithograph
IMAGE SIZE: 39 ¼" x 25 ¼" (99.7cm x 64.12)
SHEET SIZE: 39 ¾" x 26" (100.97cm x 66.04cm)
FRAMED SIZE: 56 ¾" x 42 ½" (144.15cm x 107.95cm)
SIGNED: Engraved in the plate, 'D'Apres Marc Chagall - Ch. Sorlier Grav.' in the lower left / 'Printed in France, © Mourlot' in the lower right.
EDITION: Out of the edition of 3,000 proofs with text on poster paper.
CONDITION: This work is in excellent condition. The colors are intensely saturated, bold, and fresh.
Commonly accepted as Chagall's most stunning printed work, this monumental composition offers the viewer vivid colors and poignant imagery, awarding this piece a life and vigor of its own.
Created in 1967, this work was inspired by a performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute in which he created the sets and costume shown on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House of New York. It is part of the edition of 3,000 proofs with text printed on poster paper by Mourlot, Paris. The image is also engraved in the plate "d'Apres Marc Chagall - Ch. Sorlier Grav" in the lower left.
Stunning in its poetic display of color, this work mimics the melodic symphony of The Magic Flute. Its animals are bursting with emotion while the angelic figure in the center plays benevolently, leading us to believe the flute is truly magical. The viewer is lulled by the cool hues of blue and green which swirl around the characters' glee while yellows and reds help anchor the composition and lighten up the forest floor. This quality of restive tonality accented by climactic hues, calls to mind the ebb and wane of Mozart's orchestral arrangements. The imagery further highlights the movement in which the colors, richly saturated and alive, effortlessly glide across the picture plain and echo the mastery of Mozart's craft.
DOCUMENTATION / COA: It is fully
documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation
with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work):
1) Sorlier, Charles. Chagall Lithographs, 1974-1979, listed and detailed on pg. 234 as cat. no. CS 38.
2) Sorlier, Charles. Chagall's Posters: A Catalogue Raisonné, listed on page 106-107.
ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Framed in museum quality archival materials, this work is set in a Spanish-style gold and black frame. The muted golds of the moulding compliment the cool tones in the work, while the elaborate curvatures cast within the frame resonate the motion and richness of the piece itself. The simple stepped elements also accentuate the linear quality of this work. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind archival Plexiglas.
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