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Le Cirque (M521)

Le Cirque (M521), 1967 by Marc Chagall is an original lithograph in colors from the edition of 24. It was published by Teriade in Paris, 1967. It is hand signed and numbered by Chagall. Mourlot 521.

The visual experience of the circus lay at the heart of Chagall’s personal mythology. In his 1967 lithograph series, the artist summoned the full spectacle in all its colorful variety. “For me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world,” Marc Chagall wrote in 1966. “These clowns, bareback riders, and acrobats have made themselves at home in my visions. Why? Why am I so touched by their make-up and their grimaces? With them, I can move towards new horizons.” 

The spectacle of the circus and its performers had fascinated Chagall from his childhood days in Vitebsk, Russia, where traveling acrobats and equestrians often came to entertain crowds at village fairs. Chagall never forgot an incident when, as a young man, he had looked on as a father and his children performed clumsy but strenuous acrobatic stunts on the street. The passing public deemed their efforts more pathetic than laudable, and Chagall watched as they walked away, unappreciated and empty-handed. Then, as at other times during his career, Chagall must have feared that this might be the fate of anyone who sought for himself the life of an artist.

In his work, Chagall consistently sought to create fantasy worlds in which anything was possible. For him, the circus stage was the ideal setting for dreamlike, extraordinary acts: trapeze artists, lovers, cockerels and violinists floating in their own metaphysical spaces, defying, like the circus itself, the formal laws of composition.

Medium

Lithograph in Colors

Year

1967

Edition

24

Catalogue Raisonné

Mourlot 521

Signature

Signed and numbered

Size 20.5 x 14.75 (in)
52 x 37.5 (cm)
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Le Cirque (M521), 1967 by Marc Chagall is an original lithograph in colors from the edition of 24. It was published by Teriade in Paris, 1967. It is hand signed and numbered by Chagall. Mourlot 521.

The visual experience of the circus lay at the heart of Chagall’s personal mythology. In his 1967 lithograph series, the artist summoned the full spectacle in all its colorful variety. “For me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world,” Marc Chagall wrote in 1966. “These clowns, bareback riders, and acrobats have made themselves at home in my visions. Why? Why am I so touched by their make-up and their grimaces? With them, I can move towards new horizons.” 

The spectacle of the circus and its performers had fascinated Chagall from his childhood days in Vitebsk, Russia, where traveling acrobats and equestrians often came to entertain crowds at village fairs. Chagall never forgot an incident when, as a young man, he had looked on as a father and his children performed clumsy but strenuous acrobatic stunts on the street. The passing public deemed their efforts more pathetic than laudable, and Chagall watched as they walked away, unappreciated and empty-handed. Then, as at other times during his career, Chagall must have feared that this might be the fate of anyone who sought for himself the life of an artist.

In his work, Chagall consistently sought to create fantasy worlds in which anything was possible. For him, the circus stage was the ideal setting for dreamlike, extraordinary acts: trapeze artists, lovers, cockerels and violinists floating in their own metaphysical spaces, defying, like the circus itself, the formal laws of composition.

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Medium

Lithograph in Colors

Year

1967

Edition

24

Catalogue Raisonné

Mourlot 521

Signature

Signed and numbered

Size 20.5 x 14.75 (in)
52 x 37.5 (cm)
Price Price on Request