Original lithographic poster, 1962, on with full margins, signed by the artist in pencil lower right.
Size: Paper size: 77.5 x 56.5 cms
References: Hatje: “Marc Chagall, The Lithographs” Number 443
Charles Sorlier “Les Affiches de Marc Chagall” pages 50/51 - describes the poster made for this piece.
Edition: There was an edition of 5000 proofs with the text from which ours comes. There was a further “avant lies lettres” edition of 50 signed and numbered by the artist and 25 artists proofs.
Printed by: Mourlot Imprimeur, Paris, France
Provenance: This came from the same Canadian Auction House which had sold the The Joseph Liverant Estate, Ottawa, Canada and probably comes from that source. Joseph Liverant fled from Germany to take up residence in Canada at the time of the Second World War. After the war he purchased a residence in Beaulieu-sur-Mer close to St Paul de Vence where Marc Chagall lived. He and the artist became good friends and their warm relationship is evident in the numerous extant dedications on Lithographs, posters and books. After Joseph’s death the estate finally passed to his stepson, Felix Quinet who donated many works to The National Gallery of Canada. Upon his passing there was an Estate sale from which this item comes. It was sold together with numerous other works by Chagall many of which were dedicated to Joseph Liverant.
Condition: Vertical & horizontal creasing, tape marks in each corner, repaired tears.
SOLD WITH THIS ITEM
The gauache which was the prototype for our poster was exhibited at the Musee Massena in Nice in the spring of 1962 and a booklet was published illustrating the works displayed. A copy of this book, with the gouache on the front cover, is sold with this poster. The book is boldly signed by Chagall in Blue pen.
Published by : Commissariat au Tourism Francaise (The French Government Tourist Office)