Marc Chagall - Evening Editions New York Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Fernand Mourlot 349; Patrick Cramer books 46

  • Catalogue Essay

    The story of Daphnis and Chloé is a classic study in the gradual discovery of love: Daphnis and Chloé are both abandoned as infants by their well-off parents and raised separately by shepherds. They grow up togehter in a pastoral landscape tending to the farms of their foster parents. Daphnis and Chloé eventually fall in love, young naïve love, which they
    do not understand. A
    host of adventures and mythological creatures befall them
    test their fidelities and concepts of friendship versus love.

  • Artist Biography

    Marc Chagall

    Franco-Russian • 1887 - 1985

    Born Moishe Shagal in present-day Belarus, Marc Chagall (as he later became known) was one of the foremost Jewish artists of the 20th Century. He is perhaps best known for his inventive use of color and dream-like imagery, which anticipated Surrealism. His deeply religious upbringing influenced his work, as did the precarious political situation in Europe in the early 20th century. He first left the Russian Empire for France and Germany, but after returning to marry his wife, World War I prevented him from returning to France for over a decade. After the collapse of the French government during World War II, Chagall lived in New York until 1948. At that point, he returned permanently to France, which he considered his adopted homeland. 

    Chagall considered his style unique and actively resisted categorization. In Paris, he befriended Cubists like Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger, but he also integrated elements of Fauvism and Symbolism into his practice. Aside from painting, Chagall also experimented with printmaking and stained glass--his windows can still be found in New York, France and Israel today. The artist passed away in 1985, and his work continues to be held in the permanent collections of many internationally prestigious museums.

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Daphnis and Chloé: Hyménée

Lithograph in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins,
I. 16 5/8 x 25 1/4 in. (42.2 x 64.1 cm);
S. 21 1/4 x 29 7/8 in. (54 x 75.9 cm)

signed and numbered 20/60 in pencil (there was also an unsigned edition of 250 without margins and 20 hors commerce in Roman numerals), published by Tériade, Paris, pale mat staining, soiling in the margins, otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York