Marc Chagall, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 1952

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 1952
Medium:Original Color Chagall Lithograph
Image:26 in x 19 in (66 cm x 48 cm)
Sheet:37.8 in x 24.4 in (96 cm x 62 cm)
Framed:47 in x 38 1/4 in (119.38 cm x 97.16cm)47
Signature:This work is signed by Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) in pencil, and in the plate in the lower right hand corner of the work
Condition:This work is in good condition
ID #w-2131

Historical Description

Wistful and romantic with deep vivid colors, this image has extremely brilliant tonality—offering an impressive composition, which displays Chagall's unique understanding of form, color, and the human experience.

Created in 1952, this work was created for a one-man show at the Ponchettes Gallery in Nice, France. Printed by Mourlot, Paris, this work was a creative collaboration between Charles Sorlier and Marc Chagall. Based on an interpretation from a gouache dating to 1949, this print has a unique textural quality this is remarkable for the lithographic technique. In addition to the pencil signature in the lower right, the artist’s signature also appears in the plate in the lower right hand side with the date of the original work.  The Marais watermark also appears. The work was never editioned.  A very limited number of artist’s proofs without text were pulled on Arches vellum and reserved for the artist.

Deep tones of blue with accents of vibrant red, yellow, green and white create an illuminated night scene with a full moon hanging low in the sky.  The abstracted profiles of a man and woman in the left appear peaceful and tranquil, with the woman’s arms wrapped around a delicate bouquet of bright flowers.  Sitting at the bottom of the page, a bowl of fruit appears as though floating in the water behind it with tiny boats and the edge of land in the distance.  The mysterious combination of interior and exterior space coexisting simultaneously further articulates the sense of intimacy and romance within the piece.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
It 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 final sale of the work):

1. Sorlier, Charles, Chagall’s Posters, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1975, listed on pages 72-73.

2. Sorlier, Charles, Chagall Lithographs, 1974-79, 1984, listed on page 193 as plate CS 4.

About the Framing:
Conservation framed with museum quality and archival materials, this work is set in a beautifully robust gold leaf frame with Baroque-inspired moulding.  The tonality of the moulding accentuates the bright colors of this work, complementing and contrasting the work.  Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.


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