Marc Chagall, Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967, M517
|Artist:||Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967, M517|
|Medium:||Color lithograph on Arches paper|
|Sheet:||20 1/4 in x 29 3/4 in (51.5 cm x 75.5 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.|
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 depicts the bustling action of a circus stage animated by different types of acts. For instance, the musicality of circus performances is depicted in the duel-faced figure playing the horn and the figure playing the violin at the left of the composition. A figure whose body is filled in with a resilient red appears to fly through the air with legs uplifted and arms outstretched over the stage. At the upper left corner, a smaller figure sits atop a bar suspended by two lines on either end, evoking the image of a circus acrobat posed on a trapeze. Two figures towards the right side of the image lean tenderly against each other as if engaged in a dance, the figure in white outwardly extending a lean leg while the red figure grasps the white figure’s waist. Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), from Cirque, 1967 envisions a stage filled with the widely varied forms of entertainment that can be found at the circus.
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.