Marc Chagall, Le Cirque a Clown Jaune (The Circus with the Yellow Clown),1967

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Le Cirque a Clown Jaune (The Circus with the Yellow Clown),1967
Reference:M.443
Medium:Original Color Lithograph on Vélin d’Arches Paper
Image:26 1/4 in x 20 1/4 in (67 cm x 51.5 cm)
Sheet:30 1/8 in x 22 3/4 in (76.5 cm x 58 cm)
Framed:43 in x 36 in (109.2 cm x 91.4 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left; there are also a few trial proofs in blue tones.
Signature:Hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-5493
Price on Request

Historical Description

In Marc Chagall Le Cirque a Clown Jaune (The Circus with the Yellow Clown), 1967, a vividly colored yellow clown is central to the lively circus scene. Its charismatic expression and whimsical gestures make this one of Chagall’s more humorous and exciting circus renditions. The bright mustard yellows are cleverly offset with subtle sea greens and blues, set against a background of chestnut brown. We can even see the roaring crowd stacked in the stands, excitedly watching his gestural and colorful performance. Chagall invites us to be an active participant in this delightful circus show, successfully accomplishing the often difficult task of engaging an audience with a work of art. We become even more entranced with the work because the clown looks directly out at us, and cups his hand by his mouth, as if saying something just for us to hear. He holds his left hand in a beckoning position - and the viewer is taken in.

Created in 1967, this original color lithograph is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall The Circus with the Yellow Clown (Le Cirque a Clown Jaune), 1967, 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 and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 443

2) Mourlot, F. & Sorlier, C. (1969). The Lithographs of Chagall 1962 – 1968. Boston Book & Art Shop, Inc.: Boston. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 443

3) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall The Circus with the Yellow Clown (Le Cirque a Clown Jaune), 1967 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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