Marc Chagall, Le peintre devant le tableau (The Painter in Front of his Painting), 1978


Marc Chagall The Painter in Front of his Painting (Le peintre devant le tableau), 1978

Signed Marc Chagall Lithograph, Le peintre devant le tableau (The Painter in Front of his Painting), 1978

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)

Title: Le peintre devant le tableau (The Painter in Front of his Painting), 1978

Reference: M932

Medium: Color lithograph on Arches wove paper

Image Size: 16 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in (41.9 cm x 31.8 cm)

Sheet Size: 24 3/8 in x 18 1/2 in (61.9 cm x 47 cm)

Framed Size: approx. 36 3/8 in x 30 1/2 in (92.4 cm x 77.5 cm)

Edition: Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left; there was also an edition of 7 numbered in Roman numerals on Japan nacreous paper

Signature: This work is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887- Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower left

Condition: This work is in excellent condition

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Marc Chagall Le peintre devant le tableau (The Painter in Front of his Painting), 1978 depicts a multilayered scene consisting of the painter and his fictional painting. The painter sits in his chair with palette in one hand; the other one poised holding a brush to the canvas. The scene is a city scape with a cathedral rising above the homes. A person with wings floats in the center, and above it sits a yellow horizon. Coming out from the easel and toeing the line between real and fictional, figures appear. Behind our painter an embracing couple floats calmly in the air. Above them, a little figure with red wings seems to be holding out a bouquet of flowers. She is watching the acrobatics of three more winged figures who climb a hanging ladder. All of these elements appear to be actualized ideas of the painter, who is about to put them onto his canvas. In this lithograph, we get a peek into the inspiration of a painter, and perhaps gain some insight into how Chagall felt about his own painting.

Created in 1978, this color lithograph on Arches wove paper is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887- Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower left and numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left; there was also an edition of 7 numbered in Roman numerals on Japan nacreous paper.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Marc Chagall The Painter in Front of his Painting (Le peintre devant le tableau), 1978 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. Gauss, Ulrike. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 1960. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 932 on pg. 357.

2. Sorlier, Charles. The Lithographs of Chagall, vol. IV 1969-1973. New York Crown Publishers Inc., 1974. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 932 on pg. 166

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards Marc Chagall The Painter in Front of his Painting (Le peintre devant le tableau), 1978 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

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.

Watch: Marc Chagall’s exhibition in Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery

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.”

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