|Artist1:||Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Marc Chagall La flûte enchantée (The Magic Flute), 1967|
|Image Size:||39 1/4 in x 25 1/4 in (99.7 cm x 64.1 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||40 in x 26 in (101.6 cm x 66 cm)|
|Framed Size:||54 5/8 in x 40 5/8 in (128.6 cm x 103.2 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition. The colors are intensely saturated, bold, and fresh.|
Stunning in its poetic display of color, Marc Chagall The Magic Flute (La flûte enchantée), 1967, 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. This work in particular is considered one of the top three of Chagall’s best works; the scale and color saturation is what sets The Magic Flute apart from any other Modern Master of the 20th century. 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.
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 one of the few artist-signed examples out of the 200 numbered on Arches wove paper. The image is also engraved in the plate “d’Apres Marc Chagall – Ch. Sorlier Grav.” Numbered out of the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left and hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall The Magic Flute (La flûte enchantée), 1967, is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work).
1. Sorlier, Charles. Chagall Lithographs, 1974-1979. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. CS 38.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Marc Chagall The Magic Flute (La flûte enchantée), 1967 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.