Marc Chagall, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 1952

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 1952
Reference:CS 4
Medium:Color Lithograph on Marais wove paper
Image:26 3/4 in x 23 1/4 in (67.9 cm x 59 cm)
Sheet:32 in x 22 5/8 in (81.2 cm x 57.4 cm)
Edition:Inscribed épreuve d'artiste in the bottom left margin. This work was never editioned and very few hand-signed works were created.
Signature:This work is hand signed Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887- Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7673

Historical Description

A deeply beautiful work full of piercing colors, Marc Chagall Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 1952 stuns the viewer with its emotional depth. Cloaked in a vibrant blue, the two figures appear from the sky with peaceful expressions. The woman, who we see in profile, shuts her eyes and cradles a blooming bouquet of delicate purple and yellow flowers to her chest. Behind her, the face of a man appears as if from her imagination. At the bottom of the image a ripe bowl of colorful fruit appears, adding to the sensory explosions in this piece. An elegant ivory moon shines light down upon the lovers and the sleepy town by the sea. The intimate and quiet scene is captivating to all who view it.

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 (Vitebsk, 1887- Saint-Paul, 1985). 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 stone in the lower right hand side with the date of the original work. The Marais watermark also appears within the paper. The work was never editioned; a very limited number of artist’s proofs without text were pulled and reserved for the artist.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 1952 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. (1984). Chagall Lithographs, Vol. V 1974 – 1979. Crown Publishers: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. CS 4.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 1952 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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