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Marc Chagall, Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967, M512

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967, M512
Reference:Mourlot 512
Series:Circus Series
Medium:Color lithograph on Arches paper
Sheet:20 1/4 in x 14 3/4 in (51.5 cm x 37.5 cm)
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.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7095

Historical Description

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 offers a multi-faceted illustration of a circus performance with an array of different acts. Navy blue and rosy red blend into patchy clouds of color towards the top of the image, creating the illusion of undulating shadows that play along the underside of a circus tent during a performance. The various figures in Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 appear to float throughout space independent of the rules of gravity or perspectival depth. For instance, the figure with the hoop in the lower right corner of the image appears to levitate above the yellow stage in the background. Two figures with arms outstretched near the top of the image sail through space, creating a dreamlike sense of weightlessness. In the upper left corner, a fish-like figure plays a hand drum, while a figure seemingly integrated into the stage poses with a violin. Figures such as these also allude to the musical and auditory quality of circus performances. Featuring the pictorial invention so characteristic of the artist’s oeuvre, Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 showcases the boundless and dynamic energy of circus performers as they entertain a crowd of eager spectators.

 

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).

 

  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. 512.
  2. Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall, vol. II 1957-1962. Monté Carlo, 1960. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 512.
  3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

 

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.

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