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Marc Chagall L’Arc en Ciel

Marc Chagall L’Arc en Ciel is a lithograph in colors on Arches wove paper.  This print is signed in the lower right, and numbered in the lower left from the edition of 75. Published by Éditions des Musées Nationaux, Paris.  M.596.

Chagall was introduced to printmaking in Berlin in 1922, at the age of thirty-five. (He would eventually complete one hundred twenty-three intaglios and woodcuts, more than eleven hundred lithographs, and thirty-eight illustrated books.) He had arrived there with an autobiographical manuscript he had been working on since 1911. The gallerist Paul Cassirer saw the text, My Life, and hoped to publish a translation of it that would include prints by Chagall. Responding immediately to this new medium of printmaking, the artist completed his first etchings within three weeks. They were issued as a portfolio without text, due to translation difficulties with Chagall’s unusual prose. Drawing on vivid childhood memories of village life in Vitebsk, the artist depicted himself, his wife and child, his parents, his childhood home, local figures such as the teacher of the Talmud, and events that had taken place there.

Title

L’Arc en Ciel

Alt. Title

The Rainbow

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1969

Edition

75

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 36 x 28 (in)
91 x 72 (cm)
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Marc Chagall L’Arc en Ciel is a lithograph in colors on Arches wove paper.  This print is signed in the lower right, and numbered in the lower left from the edition of 75. Published by Éditions des Musées Nationaux, Paris.  M.596.

Chagall was introduced to printmaking in Berlin in 1922, at the age of thirty-five. (He would eventually complete one hundred twenty-three intaglios and woodcuts, more than eleven hundred lithographs, and thirty-eight illustrated books.) He had arrived there with an autobiographical manuscript he had been working on since 1911. The gallerist Paul Cassirer saw the text, My Life, and hoped to publish a translation of it that would include prints by Chagall. Responding immediately to this new medium of printmaking, the artist completed his first etchings within three weeks. They were issued as a portfolio without text, due to translation difficulties with Chagall’s unusual prose. Drawing on vivid childhood memories of village life in Vitebsk, the artist depicted himself, his wife and child, his parents, his childhood home, local figures such as the teacher of the Talmud, and events that had taken place there.

These scenes of life in Russia were still fresh in Chagall’s mind in 1923, when he began the etchings for Nikolai Gogol’s novel Les Âmes mortes, the classic Russian text that was to be his first book collaboration with the renowned publisher Ambroise Vollard. A notorious perfectionist, Vollard left twenty-five unfinished projects at the time of his death in 1939, including Les Âmes mortes. The volume was later completed in 1948 by Tériade, another of the great twentieth-century publishers of illustrated books.

In Paris, Marc Chagall formed a business relationship with art dealer Ambroise Vollard. Encouraged by Vollard to take on the art of printmaking, Marc Chagall created extraordinary etchings and lithographs at the Mourlot Atelier. The etchings and lithographs from this time brought Chagall international attention, especially the etchings for Les Fables de la Fontaine the French equivalent of Aesop’s Fables.

Marc Chagall L’Arc en Ciel

L’Arc en Ciel by Marc Chagall

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Title

L’Arc en Ciel

Alt. Title

The Rainbow

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1969

Edition

75

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 36 x 28 (in)
91 x 72 (cm)
Price Price on Request