Marc Chagall, Marc Chagall Le Poète (The Poet), 1966

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Marc Chagall Le Poète (The Poet), 1966
Reference:Mourlot 442
Medium:Color lithograph on Arches paper
Image:17 15/16 in x 14 3/16 in (45.5 cm x 36 cm)
Sheet:25 3/4 in x 18 1/4 in (65.5 cm x 46.5 cm)
Framed:37 7/8 in x 30 3/8 in (96.2 cm x 77.2 cm)
Edition:Inscribed ‘epreuve d’artiste XV/XXV’, an artist’s proof aside from the numbered edition of 50.
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-5915

Historical Description

In this tender scene, the individual is central to the composition of Marc Chagall  Le Poète (The Poet), 1966. The poet tilts their head slightly to the right and raises a hand to their face. With eyes turned downwards, the poet has a sense of contemplation about them. The other hand rests on the chest of the poet, in a loving gesture. On the right side of the lithograph, two figures stand languorously. The woman relaxes, leaning back against the face of the poet. The poets’ hair flows across her body, partially covering its nudity. She carries a blooming bouquet of flowers, ripe with purples, reds, and greens. Next to her stands a nimble man and above them hovers a white dove. The man, woman, and dove are creative ideas of the poet that have been actualized by Chagall. They float romantically outside the mind of the poet.

Created in 1966, this color lithograph on Arches paper is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887- Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin and inscribed Inscribed ‘epreuve d’artiste XV/XXV’, an artist’s proof aside from the numbered edition of 50.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Marc Chagall Lithograph The Poet (Le Poète), 1966 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. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 1960. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 442

2. Mourlot, F. & Sorlier, C. (1969). The Lithographs of Chagall 1962 – 1968. Boston Book & Art Shop, Inc.: Boston. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 442

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall The Poet (Le Poète), 1966 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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