Marc Chagall, Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower Lovers), 1960
|Artist:||Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower Lovers), 1960|
|Medium:||Color Lithograph on Arches wove paper with Arches watermark|
|Image Size:||21 7/8 in x 17 5/16 in (55.5 cm x 44 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||26 3/16 in x 19 7/8 in (66.5 cm x 50.5 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 38 3/16 in x 31 7/8 in (97 cm x 81 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left; printed and published by Mourlot, Paris|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887- Saint-Paul, 1985) on the lower right.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
A tenderly embracing couple sail across a dreamy Parisian sky on the back of a rooster in this whimsical Marc Chagall Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower Lovers), 1960. A gorgeous red sun shimmers low in the dusky sky and the iconic form of the Eiffel tower rises up from the ground. The buildings of Paris, blooming shrubbery, and strolling figures sprawl at the tower’s feet, peaceful and grounded. Above them, against the backdrop of a fiery sun, the ivory nude figure of a woman leans tenderly into the arms of her lover, merging them into one. Their airborne steed is a fantastically large rooster with beautifully hued yellow and magenta plumage. The apple-like sun, the rooster and lovers, and the shimmery Paris skyline were some of Chagall’s favorite and most-used motifs. Here this cornucopia of symbolic imagery combines into a beautiful, magically poetic scene.
Originally conceived as the frontispiece of an album of posters created at the Imprimerie Mourlot, Paris, this lithograph was made by the artist’s own hands. It was Chagall himself who took up a lithographic crayon and drafted this mature image late in his career. Les Amoureux creates for the viewer a dream, where the sky swirls around the sun and lovers take to the air for a world all their own. This print showcases Chagall’s vision of the French capital at its most romantic and beautiful.
Created in 1960, this color lithograph on Arches wove paper with Arches watermark is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint -Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin. A state II of II impression, this color lithograph is numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left. State I impressions of Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel shows the black lines of the image, before the composition was printed in color. As one of fifty hand-signed and numbered impressions, this example was pulled alongside an edition of 25 hand- signed and numbered artist proofs, before the addition to the lithographic stone of a short block of text on the subject of the engraving. After the text was added, another edition of 125 was created as the frontispiece of the 4th Poster album brought out by the Mourlot Print-Shop.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall The Eiffel Tower Lovers (Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel), 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 sale of the work).
1. Gauss, Ulricke. Marc Chagall The Lithographs La Collection Sorlier. New York: D.A.P., 1999. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 187
2. Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall, Vol. II 1957-1962. Monte Carlo: André Sauret, 1963. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 187 and 187.2
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall The Eiffel Tower Lovers (Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel), 1960, is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
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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.”