Marc Chagall (Russian/French, 1887-1985). Lithograph on Arches paper titled "Paris of Dream" depicting a dream-like depiction of Paris, 1969-1970. Pencil signed along the lower right; numbered 12/75 along the lower left. With a certificate of authenticity from Cass Publishing. As the artist described these works, "Visions of Paris which are perhaps the same and also different. Paris, reflection of my heart. I'd like to fade into it, not be alone with myself."
Literature: Mourlot 600.
Provenance: Cass Publishing, Minnetonka, Minnesota; Private Collection, Minnesota.
Marc Chagall (born Moishe Shagal) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in a wide range of artistic formats, including painting, drawings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints.
Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" (though Chagall saw his work as "not the dream of one people but of all humanity"). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be "the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists". For decades, he "had also been respected as the world's pre-eminent Jewish artist". Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the UN and the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opera.
Before World War I, he travelled between Saint Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern Europe and Jewish folk culture. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country's most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1923.
He had two basic reputations, writes Lewis: as a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism's "golden age" in Paris, where "he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism". Yet throughout these phases of his style "he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk." "When Matisse dies," Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, "Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is".
Sight; height: 40 1/2 in x width: 28 in. Framed; height: 57 1/4 in x width: 45 in.
The artwork is in good condition overall. There are no rips, major creases, or restorations. No issues when inspected under UV light. The artwork is hinged along the upper edge in three spots (corners and center). It is floated in the frame. The sheet is very lightly toned and there is a very slight undulation to the sheet. There is an approx. 7 inch long crease along the lower right margin. Several handling marks throughout the margins. Some wear to the deckled edge; possibly original to the artistic process. The work is titled with pencil along the lower margin of the verso. There is some light wear to the mat. Some light wear to the frame; framed under glass.
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