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Marc Chagall, La Chasse à L’Oiseau Bleu (Chasing the Blue Bird), 1969

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:La Chasse à L’Oiseau Bleu (Chasing the Blue Bird), 1969
Reference:M. 594
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image:24 in x 20 1/2 in (61 x 52 cm)
Sheet:29 1/2 in x 22 1/4 in (74.9 cm x 56.5 cm)
Framed:44 1/2 in x 38 7/8 in (113 cm x 98.7 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left margin.
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-5078

Historical Description

This remarkable colorful Marc Chagall La Chasse à L’Oiseau Bleu (Chasing the Blue Bird), 1969 features bold imagery from Chagall's artistic oeuvre. Aptly titled La Chasse à L'Oiseau Bleu (Chasing the Blue Bird), this work conveys a loving couple embracing, as the woman reaches for a flitting blue bird. Chagall colors this woman's hair in a rich royal blue-green, the same hue in he outlines the blue bird. Curiously enough, this woman's hair, along with her partner's sleeve, appears bluer than the blue bird itself, clearly highlighting this couple as key figures within the composition. Beside this couple, quirky creatures roam the streets of a quaint village. In the lower right, we witness a figure that appears as if half woman and half rooster, while to the lower left, a creature that looks to be half goat and half man strides forward. Bursting with color, flowers surround the flying blue bird in the upper center, bringing to mind thoughts of prosperity and freedom. While the title suggests that the woman is trying to capture the blue bird, this piece can also be viewed as her releasing the bird into the open sky.

Created in 1969, this original color lithograph is numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left margin and hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin. This work was published by Maeght, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall Chasing the Blue Bird (La Chasse à L’Oiseau Bleu), 1969, is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of the work).

1. Gauss, Ulrike, ed. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier. Stuttgart: D.A.P., 1960. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 594 on pg. 278.

2. Sorlier, Charles. Chagall Lithographs, Vol. IV 1969 - 1973. Boston: Boston Book and Art Shop, Inc. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 594 on pg. 51.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, Marc Chagall Chasing the Blue Bird (La Chasse à L’Oiseau Bleu), 1969, is presented in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.

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