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Marc Chagall, Le Chevalet aux fleurs (Easel with Flowers), 1976

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Le Chevalet aux fleurs (Easel with Flowers), 1976
Reference:M. 838
Medium:Original Color Lithograph on Arches Wove Paper
Image:22 1/2 in x 14 3/4 in (57.2 cm x 37.5 cm)
Sheet:30 1/4 in x 20 in (76.8 cm x 50.8 cm)
Framed:43 1/2 in x 35 1/2 in (110.5 cm x 90.2 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin.
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 very good condition.
ID #w-4054

Historical Description

"The day I stop working, I will die," Chagall often said to his friends at the end of his life. The remarkable Chagall Le Chevalet aux fleurs (Easel with Flowers), 1976, created just a few years before his passing, testifies to his vibrant need to create. His biographer Sidney Alexander writes, "Like a good artisan, he worked every day: making art was as essential as breathing, the systole and disastole of the heart, the flowing of the blood" (An Intimate Biography, 493). By depicting himself in his studio, painting the beautiful woman before him underneath a large bouquet of flowers, Chagall shows himself in his ideal state. Women, whimsical figures floating in the window pane, a view of a green garden beyond - these are recurring images in his work that hold great importance for the artist. This work is special for its depiction of Chagall's raison d'être.

Created in 1976, this original color lithograph is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin, it is printed on Arches wove paper.

Provenance:
Private Collection, Buffalo, New York

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall Easel with Flowers (Le Chevalet aux fleurs), 1976 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work).

1. Gauss, Ulrike, ed. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier. Stuttgart: D.A.P., 1960. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 838 on p. 340.

2. Sorlier, Charles. Chagall Lithographs, Vol. V 1974-1979. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 383 on p. 103

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Marc Chagall Easel with Flowers (Le Chevalet aux fleurs), 1976 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with linen-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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