Marc Chagall, Sirène et poisson (Sirene & Fish) from Nice & the Côte d'Azur, 1967

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Sirène et poisson (Sirene & Fish) from Nice & the Côte d'Azur, 1967
Reference:CS 28
Series:Nice and the Côte d’Azur, 1967
Medium:Original color lithograph on Vélin d'Arches paper
Image:24 in x 18 in (61 cm x 46 cm)
Sheet:28 3/4 in x 20 1/2 in (73 cm x 52 cm)
Framed:approx. 40 in x 34 in (101 cm x 86 cm)
Signature:Hand signed by Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin
Condition:This work is in excellent condition
ID #w-2512

Historical Description

Through his use of dream imagery and vibrant colors, Chagall implores whimsical magical creatures to create a fantasy evoking the experience of the French Riviera rich with imagination and frolic. Chagall creates a sense of tropical warmth through his use of contrasting colors. Batches of bright red contrast with the blue tones and as a result they are all that more vibrant. In addition, the artist's unique use of texture creates a sense of agitation within the piece. A light breeze rustles the leaves of the palms which is echoed in the waving hair of the sirene. The nocturnal scene further relaxes the viewer, for the eye is not assailed by bright pastels but is lulled by warm blues that connote the leisure and splendor of summer evenings.

Created in 1967, this work was engraved by Charles Sorlier after an original oil on canvas by Marc Chagall. Numbered 39/150 in pencil in the lower left margin, this original color lithograph was printed out of the edition of 150 signed and numbered proofs (aside from an edition of 75 in Roman numerals and 10 artist's proofs). Hand signed by Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.

Illustrated in:
1. Sorlier, C. (1984) Chagall Lithographs, Vol. V 1974 - 1979. Crown Publishers, Inc: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. CS 28 on pg. 223.

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