Marc Chagall, Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967, M500
|Artist:||Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967, M500|
|Medium:||Color lithograph on Arches paper|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 50 in the lower left margin.|
|Signature:||This work is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in the lower right margin.|
Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 is one of the eye-catching lithographs from Chagall’s Circus series. Publisher and art dealer Ambroise Vollard loved the circus and commissioned a production of circus graphics, for which Chagall executed a series of gouaches in the late 1920s. Chagall was a circus enthusiast himself, and his assistant Charles Sorlier noted Chagall’s childlike pleasure in watching the performers. When speaking of circus performers and clowns, Chagall said, “Their colors and make-up draw me towards other psychic deformations, which I dream of painting” (Mourlot 216). When Vollard died in 1939, the artist stopped working on the project, although circus motifs frequently appeared in his work after that time. Chagall eventually started working on the series again with encouragement from Tériade, who published the thirty-eight lithographs of the series in 1967. Capturing the dynamic energy of the circus and its lively performers, this work is a masterpiece any Chagall enthusiast would admire.
Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 evokes the height and drama of the acrobatics in a circus through a bustling composition and bold colors. A female figure rendered in white sits atop a horse towards the upper middle of the image, her body extending downward and gradually fading into the edge of the stage. Such exaggerated length evokes a sense of movement as well as presence. In the lower right corner, a figure juggles a set of colorful hoops that overlap each other and create a pattern in the space around the figure. At the bottom, a figure clad in bright yellow lunges to the right with arms outstretched towards the juggling figure. Along both sides of the image, faint outlines of heads and upper bodies indicate the expanse of spectators surrounding the stage. Chagall’s intentional layering of color not only yields a beautiful blend of hues but also adds a sense of depth to the composition. The varied figures in Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 collectively convey the spectacle that is a circus performance, celebrating the energy and vigor of the performers as they entertain the masses.
Created in 1967, Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 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 50 in the lower left margin.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 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).
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.