Aragon/Chagall - Image 11(270 views)
Aquatint Etching on Japon by Marc Chagall from 1975. Signed and numbered 9 of the deluxe edition of 25 in pencil.
Image Size: 15.5 x 11.5 inches Size: 18.5 x 14 in. (46.99 x 35.56 cm). The complete deluxe album compromised of a total of 50 etchings printed in colors, 1975-76, including the separate suite of 25 etchings each signed in pencil and numbered with an edition of 25, and 25 etchings with the text, printed by Atelier Lacourire et Frlast, published by Maeght, Paris.
Inspired by the poetry of French surrealist Louise Aragon, this lyrically illustrative work depicts a fantastic composition filled with mystery and symbolism. A group of villagers waving flags, are drawn with a sense of urgeny and rashness giving rise to the emotion of the scene. In this fragmented vision, disparate elements, non-upright houses and figures, merge to create a dreamlike historic image. Two of the villagers are Chagall's infamous donkey and chicken, dispersed amongst floating faces that take shape between gestural markings and cool hues of blue and bold emotional strokes of red. Evidence of Chagall's unending imagination, this fantastic piece captivates for both its intriguing narrative and poetic beauty.
Catalogue Raisonn & COA: This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonns and texts.
1) Cramer, Patrick. Marc Chagall, Marc Chagall, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonn, Geneva, 1995.Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonn no. 99 on pgs. 292-295.
2) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing: This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with linen mates, fillet and optical grade Plexiglas.
6 July 1887 - 28 March 1985
Marc Chagall was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.
Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century (though Chagall saw his work as not the dream of one people but of all humanity). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be the last survivor of the first generation of European modernist's. For decades, he had also been respected as the world's preeminent Jewish artist. Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the United Nations, and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opra.
Before World War I, he traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country's most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922.
He had two basic reputations, writes Lewis: as a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism's Golden Age in Paris, where he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism. Yet throughout these phases of his style he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk. When Matisse dies, Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.
Provenance: Elliott Gallery, New Orleans
Dimensions: 18.5" x 14"
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