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Marc Chagall, L'oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird), 1968

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:L'oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird), 1968
Reference:CS 41
Medium:Lithograph on Arches wove paper
Image:21 13/16 in x 16 15/16 in (55.5 cm x 43 cm)
Sheet:27 15/16 in x 20 1/2 in (71 cm x 52 cm)
Framed:approx. 39 15/16 in x 32 1/2 in (101.4 cm x 82.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left; printed by Mourlot Paris
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 excellent condition.
ID #W-6019

Historical Description

Illuminated by the full moon, a brilliant blue bird hovers in the sky in Marc Chagall L’oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird), 1968. Below, a small town slumbers, welcoming the night as the last of the warm yellow sun disappears below the horizon. To the right of the bird an elegant figure appears with lush green skin and beautiful flowers and vines growing from her head like hair. This verdant woman, perhaps representing the earth, looks down on the sleeping town like a night-watchman. The romantic scene is typical of Chagall, as well as the rich colors used to portray the scene.

Created in 1968 based a gouache created in 1954, this lithograph on Arches wove paper is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left; printed by Mourlot Paris. Executed by Charles Sorlier under the direction of Chagall, this work was published by Maeght Editeur for the Biennial Editions of Menton. Sorlier's name appears in the plate on the lower right of the image, and Chagall's name and date of the original work appear in the lower left.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Marc Chagall The Blue Bird (L’oiseau bleu), 1968 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. Sorlier, C. Chagall Lithographs, vol. V 1974 – 1979, Crown Publishers: New York, 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. CS 41.

2. Sorlier, C. Chagall’s Posters: catalogue raisonné. Crown Publishers: New York, 1975. The poster version of this work is listed and illustrated on pages 114-115.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall The Blue Bird (L’oiseau bleu), 1968 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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