The circus with the yellow clown
Original lithograph, 1978, on Velin Arches watermarked paper with full margins, signed by the artist in pencil
Size: Paper size: 770 x 483 mms ;
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: 150. With some artists proofs. There was also a poster edition, with text and on thin paper, of 3000 in total. Of these 2000 were made for the exhibition at Galerie Bergruen, Paris and a further 10000 for Konsthallen Landskona, Sweden.
Notes: This was an avant les lettres proof for the poster made for the graphic works of Marc Chagall held at the Berggruen Gallery, Paris, in 1967
Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, France
Provenance: Galerie R.G. Michel, Paris. The sale from which this came described the provenance as “Une Galerie Parisienne Historique” and this was no less then the truth. It was founded in 1912 by Robert Gustav Michel and was situated on the Quai Saint-Michel specialising in graphics by Modern Masters. The last owner, Francoise, sadly retired recently due to ill health. Some of the unsigned items in the sale were stamped with the Gallery Blindstamp RGM (Robert Gustave Michel) - who had founded the Gallery more than 100 years ago http://www.marquesdecollections.fr/detail.cfm/marque/13349/total/1
Published by : Andre Sauret, Paris. From "Regards sur Paris”.