Marc Chagall, Le Verger de Philetas (Philetas Orchard) from Daphnis and Chloe,1960
Signed Marc Chagall lithograph, Le Verger de Philetas (Philetas Orchard) from Daphnis and Chloe,1960
|Artist:||Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Le Verger de Philetas (Philetas Orchard) from Daphnis and Chloe,1960|
|Medium:||Original Color Lithograph on Arches wove paper|
|Image Size:||25 3/8 in x 16 5/8 in (65.5 cm x 42.7 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||30 in x 21 1/4 in (76.2 cm x 54 cm)|
|Framed Size:||43 1/2 in x 36 1/2 in (110.5 cm x 92.7 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left margin; printed by Mourlot Frères, Paris.|
|Series:||Daphnis and Chloe|
|Signature:||This work is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition, the colors are bold and fresh.|
Item # 4065
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Historical Description of this artwork
Perfectly encapsulating the homely essence of Chagall’s works, Le Verger de Philetas allows us to escape the mundane and enter the fantastical. Deeply saturated in a brilliant blue- green the work is filled with Chagall’s iconic imagery. From Daphnis and Chloe embracing in the lower left to the angels floating around the canvas to the softly mottled flower bouquets, Chagall successfully conveys an overall feel of wisdom and grandeur in an orchard. Philetas, the man with the cane, is a wise old cowherd who explains to Daphnis and Chloe what love is. Guiding them to discover their past and embark on their future, this scene emotes hope and harmony, a testament to the masterful skills of Chagall.
Considered by Fernand Mourlot to be one of “the most important graphic works that Marc Chagall has created thus far,” this piece is one of the stunning lithographs within the illustrated work of Daphnis & Chloe. Chagall dedicated 3 years to this project and undertook a series of lithographs that perhaps defined his career, making these pieces “a work of notable importance which, unquestionably, can be placed at the top of the list of illustrated works of our time” (Mourlot 131). Daphnis and Chloe, the two romantic heroes of Greek writer, Longus, are two childhood friends who undergo the trials and tribulations of growing up and, consequently, falling in love.
Created in 1960, Le Verger de Philetas is one of 42 lithographs contained in the illustrated book, Daphnis and Chloe, printed by Tériade Éditeur, Paris. Hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right, the piece is printed on Arches wove paper and numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall Philetas Orchard (Le Verger de Philetas), from Daphnis and Chloe, 1960 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).
1. Cramer, Patrick. Marc Chagall, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonnè, Geneva, 1995. Listed as as cat. no. 46 on pg. 154, illustrated on pg 158.
2. Gauss, Ulrike, ed. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier, Stuttgart, 1960. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 326 on pg.138, and illustrated on pg. 158.
3. Sorlier, C. (1984). Chagall Lithographs, Vol. II 1957-1962. Crown Publishers: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no 326 on pgs. 146-147, with details on pg. 131.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Marc Chagall Philetas Orchard (Le Verger de Philetas), from Daphnis and Chloe, 1960 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with linen-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
What Do I Get With My Purchase?
The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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Marc Chagall Biography
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 Museum of Biblical Art 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.”