Marc Chagall, L'Oiseau vert (The Green Bird), 1962

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:L'Oiseau vert (The Green Bird), 1962
Reference:M. 354
Medium:Original Color Lithograph
Image:26 3/4 in x 19 11/16 in (67.9 cm x 50 cm)
Sheet:30 1/2 in x 22 in (77.5 x 55.9 cm)
Framed:Approx. 45 in x 36 1/2 in (114 cm x 92 cm)
Edition:This work is an unnumbered artist proof aside from the numbered edition of 90.
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-7463

Historical Description

Looking at this marvelous work is like reading a story of two young lovers. Captured in a moment of embrace, the couple gazes into each others eyes as they float above a Parisian scene. Lost in themselves, they hardly notice the captivating green bird above them, a symbolism which delivers a refreshing version of love defined by tones of bliss, growth, and freedom.

As layers of emerald and teal washes full of delicate textural create the impression of a dreamy vignette, expressive brush strokes inject feelings of lightness and ease that transport us to a state of peace and tranquility. The composition is balanced effortlessly, the couple's absence of color providing visual and symbolic relief from the richly descriptive scene.

Created in June of 1962, this image was conceived for a one man show to be displayed at Maeght Gallery, Paris. Printed by Mourlot and published by Editions Maeght, this work is one of a few artist proofs aside from the numbered edition of 90 and is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work 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. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier. Stuttgart: Distributed Art Publishers, 1960. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 354 on pg. 180.
2. Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall: 1957- 1962. Boston: Boston Book & Art Shop, Inc., 1963. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 354 on pgs. 177-178.
3. Sorlier, Charles. Chagall's Posters: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1975. Listed and illustrated on pgs. 40-41.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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