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  • Literature

    Fernand Mourlot 533; see Patrick Cramer books 72

  • Catalogue Essay

    Quelle vie, quels plaisirs sans la blonde Aphrodite? Ah! Que je meure
    quand ne me toucheront plus ces douces choses, présents de miel, couche
    amoureuse — ravissantes fleurs de la jeunesse…! -Mimnerme
    (What is life, what
    is pleasure without the blonde Aphrodite? Ah ! I will die without being touched by these sweet things, the
    present moment of honey, love making — ravishing flowers of youth…! – Mimnermus)

  • 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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Quelle vie, quel plaisir sans la blonde Aphrodite?... (What is life, what is pleasure without the blonde Aphrodite?...), from Sur la terre des Dieux (The Land of the Gods)

Lithograph in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins,
I. 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (50.2 x 40 cm)
S. 25 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. (64.1 x 50.2 cm)

signed and numbered 67/75 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs and an edition of 20 in Roman numerals on Japanese paper), published by A.C. Mazo, Paris, framed.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $12,500

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