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Marc Chagall: The Image of the Artist, page 2

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)
Like Rembrandt, Kathe Kollwitz, and Picasso, Chagall was particularly fond of presenting images of himself as artist in his art. His first print cycle included a group of etchings for his autobiography, Mein Leben (My Life), written and published in Berlin in 1922 after Chagall returned to western Europe after having been traped in Russia first by the First World War and then by the Communist Revoltion. Since then, he has included representations of himself in his art and representations of artists at their art with great frequency, portraying himself as an idealized figure, as a rooster, as a painter at his easel, as a half human-half animal (half goat-half-cow-half horse), as an artist in love, and in various other ways. Chagall's self-representations offer us a chance to see how the symbols that occur and recur in this images help us to understand many of his other works as well.
Testament expliqué par Esope (H. 173, S. 120). Original etching, 1927-30. 100 pencil signed impressions (of which this is one), 85 hand-colored impressions, and 240 unsigned impressions for The Fables of La Fontaine. This image occurs as plate 27 in the Fables. Chagall here portrays himself under the name of Aesop, the artist as story telller and drawer of morals. Image size: 296x248mm. Price: SOLD
Le printemps. Color lithograph (after a gouache?), 1938. Edition unknown. Published in Verve n. 3, 1938. There is another Chagall lithograph on the reverse, giving the title of this work and signed in the stone. Although not listed in Mourlot as an original Chagall lithograph, Chagall drew the black & white stone and supervised the production of the color stones. Image size: 349x250mm. Price: $1250.
The trap (M. 355). Original color lithograph, 1962. 75 signed & numbered impressions + c. 2000 unsigned impressions for the deluxe French art review, Derrière le Miroir. The work was used on the front cover of the review. Illustrated in the 1988 Moscow Chagall Exhibition. Image size: 370x270mm. Price: $1500.
Bouquet a l'oiseau (M. 298). Original color lithograph, 1960. Edition: 75 signed & numbered impressions plus c. 2000 unsigned impressions for the deluxe French art review, Derrière le Miroir. Ours is an impression with a complimentary signature. A brilliant impression of one of Chagall's most beautiful early images. Illustrated Nice 1987. Image size: 340x260mm. Price: $3600.

An unsigned impression of the Derrière le Miroir impressions matted so that the lettering at the top and at the bottom (Maeght Editeur–1960) is not visible is also available for $1450.
The Bay of Angels (M. 286). Original color lithograph, 1960. 100 numbered impressions + c. 2000 unsigned impressions for Chagall Lithographe I. There were also 40 signed and numbered impressions reserved for the artist. The work depicts the artist overlooking the bay at Nice in the guise of one of the palm trees that flourish in Nice. Image size: 325x250mm. Price: $1,575.
The window (M. 175). Original color lithograph, 1957. 90 signed & numbered impressions plus 2500 unsigned impressions. Published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, on the front cover of a special number of the deluxe art review, Derrière le Miroir dedicated to Marc Chagall for which Chagall produced several original color lithographs. We have matted over the text at the top of the sheet (Derrière le Miroir) and the bottom (Chagall) but the whole sheet is present. Image size: 250x213mm. Paper size: 380x280mm. Price: $1,250
The village (M. 199). Original lithograph, 1957. 90 signed & numbered impressions plus 6000 unsigned proofs impressions for Jacques Lassaigne's Chagall (Maeght Editeur, 1957), from which our impression comes. In this reminiscence Chagall presents his younger self looking out over his Russian village as though casessing it. Image size: 197x200mm. Price: $750.
The ladder (M. 200). Original color lithograph, 1957. 90 signed & numbered + 6000 unsigned impressions for Jacques Lassaigne's Chagall (Maeght Editeur, 1957), from which our impression comes. The ladder, like the bird, seems to symbolize spiritual ascent in Chagall's works. Image size: 240x180mm. Price: $850.
Bouquet with hand (M. 207). Original lithograph, 1957. 90 signed & numbered + 6000 unsigned proofs impressions for Jacques Lassaigne's Chagall (Maeght Editeur, 1957), from which our impression comes. The artist/lover stands in front of an easel holding a bouquet of flowers; below his hand, part of a palette is visible. Illustrated in Chagall Discovered From Russian and Private Collections, the catalogue of the 1987 Moscow Chagall Exhibition. Image size: 230x175mm. Price: $700.
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 Artist in front of his picture. Original lithograph, 1963. 40 signed & numbered + c. 2000 unsigned impressions for Chagall Lithographe Volume II. Illustrated in the 1987 Moscow Chagall Exhibition. Image size: 320x240mm.Price: $750.
Sketch for The Firebird. Color lithograph after a gouache, 1965. Edition unknown (c. 2500? impressions) for the deluxe publication, Le Plafond de L'Opera de Paris). The lithograph was put on the stone by Charles Sorlier, Chagall's master-printer, after a gouache by Chagall. Ours is an impression signed by Chagall. Image size: 327x243mm. Price: SOLD.

Unsigned impression: $375.
Sketch for Moussorgsky and Mozart. Color lithograph after a gouache, 1965. Edition unknown (c. 2500? impressions for the deluxe publication, Le Plafond de L'Opera de Paris ). The lithographs were put on the stone by Charles Sorlier, Chagall's master-printer, after a gouache by Chagall. Ours is a signed impression. Image size: 325x486mm. Price: SOLD.

We still have an unsigned impression of this print with the centerfold (as in the image above): Price: $500.
Hommage à Julien Cain. Original color lithograph, 1968. Edition unknown (c. 1500? impressions). The lithograph was printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris. Cain was a member of the Institut de France and a friend of Chagall. He wrote the introduction to volume one of the catalogue raisonné of Chagall's lithographs, Chagall Lithographe I (1960). With a rural village as backdrop a painter at his easel is engaged in paintin a picture of the sun while a group of villagers watch curiously. At right, aparently ignored by everyone else, a fully clothed man embraces a rather statuesque nude. Image size: 173x237mm. Uncommon. Price: $1500.
L’inspiration / Inspiration (M. 837). Original lithograph, 1976. 50 signed and numbered impressions. one of Chagall's laargest lithographs dedicated to the ideas/images that serve to inspire him to create. Image size: 740x525mm. Price: SOLD.
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 display in the Metro (illustrated at left). Image size: 1600x1200mm / 64x48 inches. Of this poster, there were several impressions without text (see photograph at left), of which ours is one. Price: $6200

This work must be shipped unframed in a large tube, though we will be happy to deliver it framed within three hours of Upton MA).

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