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  • Literature

    Fernand Mourlot 387-389

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a Russian poet, playwright and important part of the early 20th Century Futurism movement.
    Frank O’Hara
    Mayakovsky from Meditations in an Emergency, 1957
    1
    My heart’s aflutter!
    I am standing in the bath tub
    crying. Mother, mother
    who am I? If he
    will just come back once
    and kiss me on the face
    his coarse hair brush
    my temple, it’s throbbing!
    then I can put on my clothes
    I guess, and walk the streets.
    2
    I love you. I love you,
    but I’m turning to my verses
    and my heart is closing
    like a fist.
    Words! be
    sick as I am sick, swoon,
    roll back your eyes, a pool,
    and I’ll stare down
    at my wounded beauty
    which at best is only a talent
    for poetry.
    Cannot please, cannot charm or win
    what a poet!
    and the clear water is thick
    with bloody blows on its head.
    I embrace a cloud,
    but when I soared
    it rained.
    3
    That’s funny! there’s blood on my chest
    oh yes, I’ve been carrying bricks
    what a funny place to rupture!
    and now it is raining on the ailanthus
    as I step out onto the window ledge
    the tracks below me are smoky and
    glistening with a passion for running
    I leap into the leaves, green like the sea
    4
    Now I am quietly waiting for
    the catastrophe of my personality
    to seem beautiful again,
    and interesting, and modern.
    The country is grey and
    brown and white in trees,
    snows and skies of laughter
    always diminishing, less funny
    not just darker, not just grey.
    It may be the coldest day of
    the year, what does he think of
    that? I mean, what do I? And if I do,
    perhaps I am myself again.

  • 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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Maïakovski series

1963
The rare complete set of three lithographs (one in colors) and the unsigned lithographic poster in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins,
various sizes, largest approx. S. 25 x 20 in. (63.5 x 50.8 cm)
the three prints all signed and numbered 15/15 in pencil (there were also 5 artist's proofs),(M. 389) the colors attenuated otherwise all generally in good condition, all unframed.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $16,250

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York