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Updated 12-6-14
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Chagall: Original Posters

Our Chagall pages are arranged thematically and/or by series and illustrate over 200 different etchings and lithographs. Clicking on the links will bring you to one or more pages on that subject.

Paris / Paris2 / The Village / The Circus / Circus 2 / Lovers / Lovers 2 / Music / Music 2
Flowers / Flowers 2 / Self Portraits / Self Portraits 2

Dead Souls (1923-27) / Dead Souls 2 / Dead Souls 3 / Dead Souls 4 / Dead Souls 5 / Maternité (1925-26)
Fables of La Fontaine (1927-30) / Fables 2 / De Mauvais Sujets (1958) / Et sur la terre (1977)

Chagall and the Bible
Etchings for the Bible (1930-39, 1952-56) / Bible Etchings 2 / Bible Etchings 3
1956 Verve Lithographs for the Bible / 1956 Bible Lithographs 2
1960 Verve Lithographs for Drawings for the Bible / 1960 Bible Lithographs 2 / 1960 Bible Lithographs 3
The Story of the Exodus (1966) / Exodus 2 / The Jerusalem Windows (1962) / Other Biblical Subjects

Chagall in black and white / Signed Chagall Etchings and Lithographs
Original Posters

Review, 12/10/03 Rhythm Section (an entertainment guide jointly produced by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital Times)
Over his long career, Chagall was often asked to create lithographs that could be used as announcements to publicize shows of his own art, to promote an event, or to serve to attract attention to a place or a region. Chagall's posters fall into three categories: original lithographs by Chagall, sometimes with a "before the addition of the text" state (avant la lettre or AAL) publicizing an event, sometimes signed and numbered, sometimes not; signed and numbered version , stone lithographs after Chagall done by his Master Printer at Mourlot, Charles Sorlier; posters photographically-reproducing works by Chagall. Our posters all fall into the first two categories.

Bibliography: Original lithographic posters will be found in the complete Catalogue Raisonné of Chagall's Lithographs (6 volumes published by various publishers in France and the US, referred to using an M. number—for Fernand Mourlot, who edited the first two volumes)—after the title). They will also be found in Charles Sorlier, Chagall's Posters: Catalogue Raisonné (NY: Crown Publishers, 1975).
The Green Bird (M. 354, Sorlier p. 40). Original color lithograph, 1962. 90 signed & numbered impressions + 1500 unsigned impressions Sorlier warns about forgeries of this work; we purchased our unsigned impression direcetly from Galerie Maeght, Chagall's long-time dealer and the publisher of this poster. Image size:650x500mm. Price: $1500.

With a complimentary signature (as pictured): SOLD.
Maiakovski (M. 387, Sorlier p. 45). Original color lithograph, 1963. 50 impressions on Arches plus 500 impressions with text for a celebration of the poet Maiakovski organized by Chagall. Note the little Cubist self-portrait lower right just above the printed signature. See also "Chagall's Posters," p. 45. One of the rarest of Chagall's posters, most of which were produced in larger editions. Image size:685x500mm. Price: $1850.
The Blue Profile (M. 476, Sorlier p. 52). Original color lithograph, 1967. 90 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper without poster text plus 2000 impressions with text for an exhibition of Chagall's works at Galerie Maeght, Paris. Image size:730x485mm. Price: SOLD.
The Yellow Background (M. 602, Sorlier p. 56). Original color lithograph, 1969. 100 impressions on arches before poster text signed in the stone plus 3000 impressions with text for an exhibition of Chagall's works at Galerie Maeght, Paris. The 100 avant la lettre impressions on Arches vellum are a much more mustardy yellow; the 3000 impressions with text are printed on a much lighter paper and the color is more of a canary yellow so that the two are instantly distnguishable. Image size:750x555mm. MAt size: 36x28 inches. Price: $4350.
The Yellow Background (M. 602, Sorlier p. 56). Original color lithograph, 1969. 100 impressions on arches before poster text signed in the stone plus 3000 impressions with text for an exhibition of Chagall's works at Galerie Maeght, Paris. The 100 avant la lettre impressions on Arches vellum are a much more mustardy yellow (see above); the 3000 impressions with text are printed on a much lighter paper and the color is more of a canary yellow so that the two are instantly distnguishable. Image size:750x555mm. Price (regular edition with poster text): $1500.
The Artist as a Phoenix (M. 648, Sorlier p. 58). Original color lithograph, 1969. 50 impressions on Arches before poster text signed in the stone plus 5000 impressions with text for an exhibition of Chagall's works at Galerie Maeght, Paris. There were also 100 proofs for a Swedish Gallery. Image size: 600x450mm. Price: SOLD.

There is also a very large version of this print done by Charles Sorlier after Chagall's lithograph intended for the Metro. Image size: 1600x1200mm (64x48 inches). Of this poster, there were several impressions without text (see photograph at left), of which ours is one. Price: $7000.
Romeo and Juliet (Sorlier p. 96). Color lithograph by Charles Sorlier after Chagall's preliminary model for the Paris Opera House ceiling, 1964. 200 impressions on Arches paper without poster text signed and numbered by Chagall plus 5000 impressions with text commissioned by the Office of French Tourism. Chagall supervised the production of this work; one of the signed impressions sold at auction in 2006 for $31,000. Image size: 650x1010mm. Price: $3750.
The Magician of Paris (Sorlier p. 120). Color lithograph by Charles Sorlier for a major Chagall retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris after a large lithograph by Chagall, 1970. The first edition was 6000 impressions; because the poster sold out during the exhibition, a second edition of 3500 was printed. Chagall supervised the production of this work. The text below the image has been trimmed and there are the remains of old dry-mounting adhesive on the verso not affecting the bright, clear image. Image size: 550x400mm. Price: $850.

The left and right lower corners are actually the same white as the upper parts of the print; there is a dark green area on the magician's sleeve closest to the viewer.
Bay of Nice (Sorlier p. 124). Color lithograph by Charles Sorlier for a Chagall exhibition at the Galerie Ponchetes in Nice in 1970. The image is taken from the right side of The Bay of Angels, an original lithograph by Chagall executed in 1967. 3000 impressions with text on poster paper plus 100 proofs with text on Arches paper. The entire poster is present but part of the text was covered by the mat when it was photographed. Image size: 760x540mm. Price: SOLD.
The Angel of Judgment (Sorlier p. 138). Color lithograph by Charles Sorlier for an exhibition at the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice in 1970. The image is taken from the the model for a stained galss window of the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise commissioned by the Cathedral of Metz. 200 numbered impressions without text printed on Arches paper signed by Chagall plus 5000 impressions with text on poster paper plus 100 proofs with text on Arches paper. The entire poster is present but part of the text was covered by the mat when it was photographed. Image size: 780x520mm. Price: SOLD.
The Song of Songs (Sorlier p. 142). Color lithograph by Charles Sorlier based upon the left hand section of one of the preliminary models for The Song of Songs III in the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice. Executed by Chagall's Master-Printer Charles Sorlier with Chagall's permission and under his supervision in 1975. Printed at Atelier Mourlot in Paris and publshed by the Society of Friends of the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall to publicize the Museum in Japan. 8500 impressions on poster paper measuring 760x510mm (c. 30x20 inches) plus several proofs on Arches Vellum for Sorlier. There were also several impressions signed by Sorlier for Chagall and 200 numbered impressions without text printed on Arches paper. The entire poster is present but part of the text was covered by the mat when it was photographed. A very rich impression with no flaws. Although this is a large edition, most to the impressions were sold in Japan and it is not often seen in the US. Image size: 515x430mm. Price: $1500.

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