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Marc Chagall original etchings and lithographs: Lovers

Our Chagall pages are arranged thematically and/or by series and illustrate over 200 different etchings and lithographs. Clicking on the links will bring you to one or more pages on that subject.

Paris / Paris2 / The Village / The Circus / Circus 2 / Lovers / Lovers 2
Music / Music 2 / Flowers / Flowers 2 / Self Portraits / Self Portraits 2

Dead Souls (1923-27) / Dead Souls 2 / Dead Souls 3 / Dead Souls 4 / Maternité (1925-26) / Fables of La Fontaine (1927-30) / Fables 2
De Mauvais Sujets (1958) / Et sur la terre (1977)

Chagall and the Bible
Etchings for the Bible (1930-39, 1952-56) / Bible Etchings 2 / Bible Etchings 3
1956 Verve Lithographs for the Bible / 1956 Bible Lithographs 2
1960 Verve Lithographs for Drawings for the Bible / 1960 Bible Lithographs 2 / 1960 Bible Lithographs 3
The Story of the Exodus (1966) / Exodus 2 / The Jerusalem Windows (1962) / Other Biblical Subjects

Chagall in black and white / Signed Chagall Etchings and Lithographs
Original Posters

Review, 12/10/03 Rhythm Section (an entertainment guide jointly produced by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital Times)
Lovers have a special place in Chagall's art and love, sacred and profane, real or mythological, has often provided him with a subject, From his early paintings to his last prints, again and again Chagall comes back to the subject both to celebrate and to marvel at this emotion that frees people from the constraints of time, of place, and even of gravity. Lovers float over cities, rise above the bay at Nice in which a fish larger than the village behind it—apparently Leviathan, claiming its place in the world of the earth bound—flicks its tail in the air, lifted up by love and their high-flying spirits, sometimes signified by a bird, other times by a rooster (cock). In the face of this exuberance, the only thing one can do is give in and enjoy the lovers in their ecstacy and pity all those excluded from it, trapped in themselves, alone.
Au dessus de la ville / Over the Village. Pochoir (stencil print) after a gouache, 1924. In 1922-23, Chagall was clearly thinking about this composition because he made a black and white lithograph (M. 24, dated Berlin, 1922-23) showing another version of the same scene, of which only two trial proofs were printed. There is a large oil painting in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow of the same title, of which this pochoir is clearly a first version: the pochoir is dated 1914, the painting is dated 1914-1918. The painting has been reproduced as plate 120 in Christopher Vitali, ed. Marc Chagall: The Russian Years 1906-1922 (Frankfurt: Schirn Kunsthalle, 1991). In the final version, the trees at left are gone, the houses are more in Chagall's Cubist style, and the chickens lower left are completely enclosed by the fence. The lithograph reverts to the more open fence of the preloiminary drawing for the gouache. Published in L'Art d'Aujourd'hui (Paris: Editions Albert Morancé, 1924). This is a wonderful example of Chagall's early style showing two lovers flying over a rustic village; the colors are very rich. Image size: 156x223mm. Price: $2850.
Daphnis et Chloe (M. 222). Original color lithograph, 1960. 3000 unsigned impressions for XXe Siecle n. 14. Chagall's lithographs illustrating the story of Daphnis and Chloe are among his most famous and most desired lithographs. This work was published in advance of the 1961 portfolio as a kind of teaser. Rich intense colors help this piece to make its presence known. Image size: 315x258mm. Price: $2500.
I am delighted to announce a brand-new acquisition (though one we have been hoping for over the past nearly 40 years). Marc Chagall, The Cavern of the Nymphs (M. 321). Original color lithograph, 1961. 250 unsigned impressions on Arches paper for the deluxe portfolio, Daphnis and Chloe (there were also XX portfolios HC  numbered from I to XX). Each of the portfolios was signed, but not the individual sheets. In addition to the portfolios, there were also 60 signed and numbered impressions with wide margins of each of the 40 original color lithographs in the suite, 26 of which had images that were about 320x460mm and 16 were double pages with a centerfold whose images measured about 420x640mm (of which ours is one). Chagall's lithographs illustrating the story of Daphnis and Chloe (as told in Longus' 2nd-century Greek romance of the same title) are among his most famous and most desired lithographs. The lithographs were printed in Paris by Fernand Mourlot and the portfolios were published by Tériade Éditeur. The introduction to the section devoted to Daphnis and Chloe in volume II of the catalogue raisonné of Chagall's lithographs describes the portfolio as "the most important graphic work realized by Marc Chagall to this day" (published in 1963). 124 works from Daphnis and Chloe have been sold at auction since May 1992 (or about 6 per year), of which only two were The Cavern of the Nymph (M. 321). Both of those were from the edition of 60 signed and numbered impressions. One sold for $45,000 (in 2007); the other sold for $50,400 (in 2006). By  comparison, another double page image, The Temple and History of Bacchus sold three times: a signed and numbered impression sold for $47,762 (in 2012); an unsigned artist proof sold for $23,832 (in 2007), and another signed and numbered impression sold for $66,000 (in 2006). A slightly better comparison may be in the sales of 2 impressions of Hymen, the god of marriage, one of which sold for $54,000 (in 2006) while an unsigned impression sold for $12,986 (in 2007), or about 24% of the signed impression. Using that ratio,  our unsigned impression might realize about $12,120 at auction. A very good impression of one of the most beautiful original lithographs in the whole Daphnis and Chloe suite. Image size: 417x633mm. Price: SOLD.

Given the 20% - 28% commissions that auction houses charge, this is below auction price!
Sur la terre des dieux / On the gods' earth II: Cupid and Psyche (M. 530). Original color lithograph, 1967. 120 unsigned impressions published in the deluxe artist's book of the same title containing 12 original color lithographs. Of those 120 portfolios, 20 reserved for the artist were on Japon numbered I/XX to XX/XX, 75 were on Arches (as ours) numbered from 1 to 75, and the remaining 25 also on Arches, were also reserved for the artist. Sur la terre des dieux was published in Paris by A. C. Mazo and printed at Atelier Mourlot by Chagall and Charles Sorlier. This work served as the conclusion to the brief text by Robert Marteau (which was folded under for framing). The full size of the page is 650x500mm. Image size: 320x390mm. Price: $6250.
Le Ballet: Daphnis et Chloe (M. 581). Original color lithograph, 1969. 10,000 unsigned impressions for Marc Chagall : Le Ballet. One of Chagall's more joyful explorations of the theme of Daphnis and Chloe, the innocent young lovers whose adventures Chagall repeatedly rehearses. Image size: 325x258mm. Price: $1,275.
Man, Woman, and Angel (Cramer 99). Original color etching for a deluxe artist's book with text by the surrealist poet Louis Aragon with 25 original color etchings by Chagall. Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire / Those who say things without saying anything was published in 1975 by Maeght Edituer (Chagall's dealer since 1950) in an edition of 225 on Rives paper watermarked ME. The editioned consisted of 25 copies numbered from 1/25 to 25/25 which contained a suite of the etchings on Japon paper signed and numbered by Chagall, 180 copies numbered from 26 to 205, and 20 HC copies reserved for the author and the collaborators numbered I to XX. Except for the 25 suites on Japon, none of the etchings was individually signed. Image size: 480x386mm. Price: $6750.
The Song of Songs (Sorlier p. 142). Color lithograph by Charles Sorlier based upon the left hand section of one of the preliminary models for The Song of Songs III in the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice. Executed by Chagall's Master-Printer Charles Sorlier with Chagall's permission and under his supervision under in 1975. Printed at Mourlot, Paris and publshed by the Society of Friends of the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice to publicize the Museum in Japan. 8500 impressions on poster paper measuring 760x510mm (c. 30x20 inches) plus several proofs on Arches Vellum for Sorlier. There were also several impressions signed by Sorlier for Chagall and 200 numbered impressions without text printed on Arches paper. The entire poster is present but part of the text was covered by the mat when it was photographed. A very rich impression with no flaws. Although this is a large edition, most to the impressions were sold in Japan and it is not often seen in the US. Image size: 515x430mm. Price: $1500.
Paysage au coq / Landscape with rooster (M. 208). Original color lithograph, 1958. 100 signed & numbered proofs plus c. 2000 unsigned proofs as published in the deluxe art review, Derrière le Miroir in 1958 (of which ours is one). One of Chagall's most important lithographs, it depicts a marriage scene and its aftermath. In the top center, we see a bride in wedding dress, her veil lifted off her face, standing under the traditional wedding canopy; in the foreground, we see the celebration of the wedding, the coq, a bouquet of flowers in his tail, has planted himself "right in the middest" of the Paradisal garden of his spouse's body. Illustrated Nice 1987. Image size: 380x560mm. Price: $3750.
The Bay (M. 356). Original color lithograph, 1962. 75 signed & numbered impressions + c. 2000 unsigned impressions (of which ours is one) as published in the deluxe art review, Derrière le Miroir in 1962. One of Chagall's most beautiful presentations of the power of love to lift lovers out of the world ruled by Leviathan. Illustrated in the 1988 Moscow Chagall Exhibition. Image size: 380x560mm. Price: $3250.
The trap (M. 355). Original color lithograph, 1962. 75 signed & numbered impressions + c. 2000 unsigned impressions (of which ours is one) as published in the deluxe art review, Derrière le Miroir in 1962. Illustrated in the 1988 Moscow Chagall Exhibition. The image shows the artist between his two selves, the bird that would lift him off the earth and the goatish self that wants to keep him firmly rooted to the world and its pleasures. Image size: 370x270mm. Price: $1,250.
The village by night (D.L.M. 250, n. 27-28). Original color lithograph, 1950. c. 1000 impressions signed in the stone. This is one of the first two color lithographs that Chagall drew directly on the stone. Included in the 1982 catalogue raisonee of Derriere le Miroir and mentioned as one of Chagall’s first two solo efforts at color lithography in a 1977 memoir by Aimee Maeght, Chagall’s dealer from 1950 on and the one who sent him to Mourlot’s lithography workshop to learn how to do all of the color stones for his lithographs, thereby starting a collaborative relationship with Charles Sorlier, master-printer at Mourlot, with whom he would work until his death in 1986. No separate signed & numbered edition exists. Image size: 256x196mm. Price: $1250.
The Dance (Meyer, p. 513). Color lithograph after a painting, 1950-51. Circa 1200 unsigned impressions for a special number of Derriere le Miroir. Comparing this with the reproduction of the painting of the same title printed in Meyer's catalogue raisonne of Chagall's paintings, one notices changes in the upper left that no chromiste would make on his own, suggesting that Chagall himself intervened during the production of the work for an exhibition in which he participated at Galerie Maeght in 1951. Produced with Chagall's approval and under his supervision. Image size: 380x280mm. Price: $1250.
Lovers for Berggruen (The offering) (M. 435i/ii). Original color lithograph, 1965. Circa 1500 unsigned impressions. There are also 75 signed & numbered impressions with large margins of the second state (which includes additional drawing in the margin). Image size: 220x115mm. Price: SOLD.
Nuit d'été / Summer Night (M. 696). Original color lithograph, 1973. 50 signed and numbered impressions on Arches (of which ours is 24/50) plus 12 impressions of only the black stone on Japon Imperial. Image size: 555x375mm on Arches paper measuring 685x500mm. Price: $25,000.

Chagall frequently chose his subjects from literary texts including Gogol's Dead Souls, The Fables of La Fontaine, The Bible, The Arabian Nights, Daphnis and Chloe, and The Odyssey. In 1976, he did a series of 50 black-and-white lithographs on Sheakespeare's The Tempest. In view of this interest in literary texts, I would like to suggest that this is not simply any summer night, but a depiction of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, being wooed by Nick Bottom the Weaver after his transformation by Puck into a "translated" version of himself, with the ass-head making immediately clear that Bottom is an ass whatever the visible form his head takes on.

PS The colors above are far more accurate than the ones in volume 5 of the catalogue raisonné of Chagall's lithographs, where the woman's pink hair is shown as bright red and the cock flying upper left is outlined in bright orange, a color also prominent in the reproduction of the bush lower left.
Romeo and Juliet (Sorlier p. 96). Color lithograph by Charles Sorlier after Chagall's preliminary model for the Paris Opera House ceiling, 1964. 200 impressions on Arches paper without poster text signed and numbered by Chagall plus 5000 impressions with text commissioned by the Office of French Tourism. Chagall supervised the production of this work; one of the signed impressions sold at auction in 2006 for $31,000. Image size: 650x1010mm. Price: $3750 (frame not included).
The Yellow Background (M. 602, Sorlier p. 56). Original color lithograph, 1969. 100 impressions on arches before poster text signed in the stone plus 3000 impressions with text for an exhibition of Chagall's works at Galerie Maeght, Paris. The 100 avant-la- lettre impressions on Arches vellum are a much more mustardy yellow; the 3000 impressions with text are printed on a much lighter paper and the color is more of a canary yellow so that the two are instantly distnguishable. Image size:750x555mm. Price: $4300.

Regular edition with poster text: $1500.
The Green Bird (M. 354, Sorlier p. 40). Original color lithograph, 1962. 90 signed & numbered impressions + 1500 unsigned impressions Sorlier warns about forgeries of this work; we purchased our unsigned impression direcetly from Galerie Maeght, Chagall's long-time dealer and the publisher of this poster. Image size:650x500mm. Price: $1500.

With a complimentary signature (as pictured): SOLD.
German Expressionism: Portraits / Lovers / Society

"Käthe Kollwitz and German Expressionism" featured over fifty works by Käthe Kollwitz plus additional works by Josef Albers,
Ernst Barlach, Rudolf Bauer, Max Beckmann, Peter Behrens, Heinrich Campendonck, Marc Chagall, Lovis Corinth,
Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Conrad Felixmuller, Hans Fronius, Alfons Graber, Otto Greiner, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel,
Hannah Hoch, Karl Hofer,Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Meidner,
Edvard Munch, Gabrielle Munter, Heinrich Nauen, Emile Nolde, Max Pechstein, Hilla von Rebay, Georges Rouault,
Rudolf Schlichter, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Siegfried Schott, Georg Tappert, Wilhelm Wagner, and others.

German Expressionist Drawings

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