Marc Chagall, L’oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird), 1968
|Artist:||Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)After|
|Title:||L’oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird), 1968|
|Medium:||Lithograph on Arches wove paper|
|Image Size:||21 13/16 in x 16 15/16 in (55.5 cm x 43 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||27 15/16 in x 20 1/2 in (71 cm x 52 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 39 15/16 in x 32 1/2 in (101.4 cm x 82.6 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left; printed by Mourlot Paris|
|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.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Illuminated by the full moon, a brilliant blue bird hovers in the sky in Marc Chagall L’oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird), 1968. Below, a small town slumbers, welcoming the night as the last of the warm yellow sun disappears below the horizon. To the right of the bird an elegant figure appears with lush green skin and beautiful flowers and vines growing from her head like hair. This verdant woman, perhaps representing the earth, looks down on the sleeping town like a night-watchman. The romantic scene is typical of Chagall, as well as the rich colors used to portray the scene.
Created in 1968 based a gouache created in 1954, this lithograph on Arches wove paper is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left; printed by Mourlot Paris. Executed by Charles Sorlier under the direction of Chagall, this work was published by Maeght Editeur for the Biennial Editions of Menton. Sorlier’s name appears in the plate on the lower right of the image, and Chagall’s name and date of the original work appear in the lower left.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall The Blue Bird (L’oiseau bleu), 1968 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 sale of the work).
1. Sorlier, C. Chagall Lithographs, vol. V 1974 – 1979, Crown Publishers: New York, 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. CS 41.
2. Sorlier, C. Chagall’s Posters: catalogue raisonné. Crown Publishers: New York, 1975. The poster version of this work is listed and illustrated on pages 114-115.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall The Blue Bird (L’oiseau bleu), 1968 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-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.”