Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969
Reference:M. 594
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image Size:24 in x 20 1/2 in (61 x 52 cm)
Sheet Size:29 1/3 in 22 in (74.5 x 56 cm)
Framed Size:approx. 39 in x 32 in (99 cm x 81.3 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 75.
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.
ID #w-4436
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Historical Description

Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969 is a remarkable colorful print features bold imagery from Chagall's artistic oeuvre. Aptly titled La Chasse à L'Oiseau Bleu (Chasing the Blue Bird), this work conveys a loving couple embracing, as the woman reaches for a flitting blue bird. Chagall colors this woman's hair in a rich royal blue-green, the same hue in he outlines the blue bird. Curiously enough, this woman's hair, along with her partner's sleeve, appears bluer than the blue bird itself, clearly highlighting this couple as key figures within the composition. Beside this couple, quirky creatures roam the streets of a quaint village. In the lower right, we witness a figure that appears as if half woman and half rooster, while to the lower left, a creature that looks to be half goat and half man strides forward. Bursting with color, flowers surround the flying blue bird in the upper center, bringing to mind thoughts of prosperity and freedom. While the title suggests that the woman is trying to capture the blue bird, this piece can also be viewed as her releasing the bird into the open sky.

Created in 1969, Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969 is a color lithograph and numbered from the edition of 75. Hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin, this work was published by Maeght, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of the work).
1. Gauss, Ulrike, ed. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier. Stuttgart: D.A.P., 1960. Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969 is listed as catalogue raisonné no. 594 on pg. 278.
2. Sorlier, Charles. Chagall Lithographs, Vol. IV 1969 - 1973. Boston: Boston Book and Art Shop, Inc. Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969 is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 594 on pg. 51.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany our Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969.

About the Framing:

Marc Chagall, Chasing the Blue Bird, 1969 is framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is presented in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.