SHOPPING GUIDE 2020

Marc Chagall, Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), from Daphnis et Chloé, 1961

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), from Daphnis et Chloé, 1961
Reference:Mourlot 309
Series:Daphnis and Chloe Series
Medium:Color lithograph on Arches paper
Image:16 7/8 in x 12 7/8 in (42.9 cm x 32.7 cm)
Sheet:21 5/8 in x 14 7/8 in (53.6 cm x 37.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 60 in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6997

Historical Description

Marc Chagall’s Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), 1961 is one of the stunning lithographs within the illustrated Daphne and Chloe series that Fernand Mourlot considered to be one of "the most important graphic works that Marc Chagall has created thus far." Chagall dedicated three 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. Evoking the rich Mediterranean landscapes from which Chagall personally drew inspiration, this work is a masterpiece any Chagall enthusiast would admire.

 

Against a richly saturated green pasture, Marc Chagall’s Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), 1961 illustrates the part in Longus’ tale Daphnis et Chloe when the protagonist Daphnis is found by the goatherd Lamon who will raise him as his own. This plot point in the tale is mirrored by Daphnis’ eventual love interest Chloe, who is also abandoned and found by a shepherd who will raise her as his own. Not much is known about the author or historical context of Daphnis et Chloe, so Chagall’s representations of the figures and scenes in the book are drawn from the artist’s own imagination. Chagall travelled to Greece twice to gather inspiration before creating his Daphnis et Chloe series: the first time to gather inspiration for his initial gouaches, and the second time to determine if his first renderings captured what he felt was the emotional experience of Greece. The pink-fleshed figure of baby Daphnis is highlighted against an overwhelming sea of green and framed by the crisp white of the goat standing over it. Through color, Chagall visually renders Daphnis as the subject of Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), 1961 just as Daphnis is the protagonist in the tale of Daphnis et Chloe.

 

Created in 1961, Marc Chagall’s Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), 1961 is a color lithograph on Arches paper. This work is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in the lower right margin. Numbered from edition of 60 in the lower left margin.

 

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Marc Chagall’s Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), 1961 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. The Sorlier collection. Edited by Ulrike Gauss et. al. New York: Distributed Art Publishers., Inc., 1999. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 309.
  2. Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall, vol. II 1957-1962. Monté Carlo, 1960. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 309.
  3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

 

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall’s Découverte de Daphnis par Lamon (Discovery of Daphnis by Lamon), 1961 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

© Masterworks Fine Art Gallery. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy. Our gallery is located in the beautiful Oakland Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA.