Marc Chagall, L’Arbre vert aux Amoureux (Green Tree with Lovers), 1980

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:L’Arbre vert aux Amoureux (Green Tree with Lovers), 1980
Medium:Color Lithograph on Arches paper.
Image:25 7/8 x 19 3/8 in (65.72 x 50.67 cm)
Edition:Inscribed 'H.C.' (Hors de Commerce), aside from the numbered edition of 50.
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-6541
Price on Request

Historical Description

Marc Chagall L’Arbre vert aux Amoureux (Green Tree with Lovers), 1980 features an alluring composition of a melodious landscape and figurative scene in the artist’s whimsical and dream-like style. Highlighting the imaginative subject matter, the work is composed in white line work against a dramatic dark background calls to mind the etchings of Chagall’s earlier years and suggests the mystery and optimism of young lovers, caught and forever preserved in an intimate moment. Splashes of color enliven the scene, with green giving life to the tree and blue lending a celestial gentleness to the young man cradling a nude and vulnerable young woman. Both colors evoke the religious iconography of the natural world that Chagall celebrated in his work. Furthering the religious imagery, a gentle lamb offers the couple a colorful bouquet of flowers, a symbolic approval of their love. The lamb and a peaceful river meandering through the pictorial plane to a romantic bridge enhance the dream-like quality of the scene. This exemplary work gives credence to Chagall being called a “poet with the wings of a painter,”  and his ability to create highly evocative images from a simple palette of just a few color confirms his stature as one of the greatest colorists of his time. His distinctive style seamlessly combines realistic and fantastical images that defied the boundaries of any one art form and secured his place as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

 

Created in 1980, this color lithograph on Arches paper is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Liozna, 1887 – Saint Paul de Vence, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin  and inscribed 'H.C.' (Hors de Commerce); aside from the numbered edition of 50.

 

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Marc Chagall L’Arbre vert aux Amoureux (Green Tree with Lovers), 1980 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, ed. Marc Chagall, The Lithographs - la Collection Sorlier. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 959.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

 

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall L’Arbre vert aux Amoureux (Green Tree with Lovers), 1980 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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