Marc Chagall, The Blue Pirouette, 1966

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:The Blue Pirouette, 1966
Medium:Original Color Chagall Lithograph
Image:14.37 in x10.63 in (36.5 cm x 27 cm)
Sheet:25.59 in x 18.9 in (65 cm x 48 cm)
Framed:35 1/2 in x 31 in (90.17 cm x 78.74 cm)
Signature:Hand signed by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) in pencil in the lower right margin
Condition:This work is in good condition, a wonderful impression with vibrant, saturated colors
ID #w-1978

Historical Description

Taking much inspiration from the lively characters of the circus, Chagall creates The Blue Pirouette out of the sheer energy and excitement that emanates from such an animated and entertaining spectacle.

Created in November, 1966, this piece was numbered in roman numerals out of the edition of 25 in pencil in the lower left margin. It was printed on Japon paper and published by Charles Sorlier. It is also hand-signed by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.

Brilliant blues and greens create a swirling, whimsical energy that radiates throughout this work. As one of Chagall's more joyous circus scenes, clowns, performers, and dancers seem to be pirouetting their way across the frame. The elaborate shading accented by bursts of orange and red allow the characters to almost pirouette their way into our space, allowing us to experience the fun energy of the circus performance.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :

1. Gauss, Ulrike ed. Marc Chagall - The Lithographs, Frankfurt, 1960. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 471 on pg. 208.

2. Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall, vol. III 1962-1968, Monté Carlo, 1963. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 471 on pg. 106.

About the Framing:
This work is set in a robust, gold-leaf frame with ornate, Baroque detailing. The brilliancy of the gold in the moulding enhances the bright hues in this work while the floral elements and detail compliment the subject matter of this piece. Complete with white, linen-wrapped mattes and a matching gold inner fillet, The Blue Pirouette is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover to ensure lasting quality.

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