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Marc Chagall
Plate 8 from In the Land of the Gods

1967

About

This piece is an original lithograph by Marc Chagall, done in 1967. It was created as a part of a series of illustrations for the book "In the Land of the Gods", which consists of 12 original lithographs and was printed in 120 copies. The corresponding text for this piece from "In the Land of the Gods" reads: "For a woman, what remains? What has she received? Beauty. Therein lies her faithful armoury of darts and shield. Devouring flame and warrior's fire, all must yield to her...She is beautiful." -Anacreon This piece is hand signed and numbered epreuve d'artiste 24/25 from the edition of 25 artist proofs on Velin d'Arches (See multiple edition sizes below). The sheet measures 25.6 x 20 inches and the framed dimensions are 33 x 27.5 inches. This piece is referenced as number 536 in "Chagall Lithographe, Vol. III" by Fernand Mourlot and Charles Sorlier. Editions Sizes: -20 copies on nacred Japon paper numbered 1 to 20 in roman numerals, reserved for the artist. -100 copies on Velin d'Arches paper; 75 of these are numbered 1 to 75 in arabic numerals, while the other 25 are artist's proofs numbered 76 to 100 in roman numerals. -A few named copies were also printed for the artist, the author and those who worked on the publication.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 25.6 in. x W 20 in.

    H 65.03 cm x W 50.8 cm

  • Gallery location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference number
    LU56131704353

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About Marc Chagall (Artist)

Described by art critic Robert Hughes as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century," the Russian-French modernist Marc Chagall worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, he developed his own, distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art.


Born Moishe Segal in 1887, in Belarus (then part of the Russian empire), Chagall is often celebrated for his figurative paintings, but he also produced stained-glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, in France; for the United Nations, in New York; and for the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as book illustrations, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine-art prints. Characterized by a bold color palette and whimsical imagery, his works are often narrative, depicting small-village scenes and quotidian moments of peasant life, as in his late painting The Flight into Egypt, from 1980.


Before World War I, Chagall traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. When the conflict broke out, he returned to Soviet-occupied Belarus, where he founded the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922. He fled to the United States during World War II but in 1947 returned to France, where he spent the rest of his life. His peripatetic career left its mark on his style, which was distinctly international, incorporating elements from each of the cultures he experienced. Marc Chagall remains one of the past century’s most respected talents.

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