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Marc Chagall – Daphnis and Chloe

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Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

DAPHNIS AND CHLOE: LES FLEURS SACCAGEES (M. 342)

Lithograph printed in colors, 1960

Signed in pencil and numbered 19/60, published by Verve, Paris,

on Arches wove paper sheet 540 by 379 mm (21 1/4 by 15 in).

In very good condition. Has a slight dusting along the lower edge.

 

History of sales:

In 2006, Swann Auction (New York) has sold the one lithograph of Les Fleurs Saccagees from edition of 60, numbered and signed in pencil. It was sold for $ 34 500.

Also there is an edition of 250 numbed and unsigned lithographs. In 2011, Sotheby’s has sold the lithograph Les Fleurs Saccagees from this unsigned edition for $ 15 000.

 

History of set:

 

 

«Chagall’s Daphnis and Chloé»

Daphnis and Chloé is a timeless tale of innocence, cruel fate, loyalty, betrayal, vengeful gods and even dastardly pirates, but one
in which love ultimately conquers all. Almost nothing is known about the author — even his name is in doubt — although he was probably a native of Italy who wrote in Greek, familiar with the island of Lesbos where the action takes place. But the one thing we do know for certain is that it was written over 2,000 years ago.

 

That the artist Marc Chagall came to illustrate it is due to a combination of factors, one of which was the turbulent state of his personal life during his years of exile in the U.S., during and after World War II. With the death of his beloved first wife, Bella, in 1944, Chagall lost the tranquility and security essential to his work. It was with a great deal of relief, then, that he met and finally married Valentina (Vava) Brodsky, in 1952.

 

To mark this new, calmer phase in his life, Chagall embarked on a long honeymoon, travelling from Rome to Athens, then Delphi, and finally the island of Poros. The itinerary was suggested by his friend Tériade, not only a great supporter but also one of the most important art publishers of the 20th century.

 

Tériade commissioned Chagall to provide a series of illustrations to Daphnis and Chloe, believing that Chagall was uniquely suited to depicting this tale of young love triumphing over adversity, and that exposure to the light and sun of the Greek islands would also be a perfect tonic for his longsuffering friend. It was probably no coincidence that Tériade, although a French national, was a native of Mytilene, capital of Lesbos.

 

 

Tériade was right. Chagall fell in love with the sea, the landscape and the light of the Peloponnese. On the trip he made a series of sun-filled gouaches and pastel drawings, preparatory studies for the 42 lithographs he would subsequently create back in Paris with the master lithographer Fernand Mourlot.

 

Chagall’s illustrations are vibrant and luminous, infused with dazzling Mediterranean colour and light, conveying both the innocence and passion of first love. The characters float in pastoral scenes filled with flowers, animals and mythological figures, on a background of meadows, mountains, and seas, in perfect harmony with nature.

 

Today, Chagall’s graphic collections stand as one of the greatest bodies of fine printmaking in the history of art.

The price of the work is by agreement with the owner. Write a request to pavrik2020@gmail.com

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