Marc Chagall - Arrival of Dionysophanes

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Original lithograph, in colours, 1961 , on Arches paper, signed by the artist in pencil

Edition:   /60. There was a large series of unsigned Lithographs of this series but our example comes from the smaller and signed edition of 60 copies.

Published by:  Tériade Éditeur, Paris,France

Printed by: Fernand Mourlot, Paris

Size: 16.625" x 12.625"; Sheet (vis.): 19.375" x 14.375"; (Image: 42 x 32 cm)

Collections: Charles Sorlier, Paris

Literature: Marc Chagall: The Lithographs. U. Gauss, ed. 1998. #344

Cramer “Marc Chagall: The Illustrated Books” Number 46

Note: Beginning in the 1950’s the world of Chagall’s imagery was enriched by the literature of antiquity which to a large measure was caused by his friendship with the publisher Teriade who inspired Chagall. He persuaded the artist to work on a series of Lithographs illustrating “Daphnis and Chloe” which was written by Longus, a Greek author of late antiquity. The story unfolds on the island of Lesbos and deals with the awakening of love and erotic desire between the couple. Both Daphnis and Chloe are separated from their wealthy parents. Dionysophanes recognises his son Daphne at a feast (the subject of our work) and Chloe is reunited with her father, the wealthy Megacles,

In 1957 Chagall started work on the project which was to occupy him for 4 years. There were altogether 44 Lithographs made in brilliant shining colours which are considered by many to be the most beautiful works ever made by this important artist.