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  • "In love lies true art: that is my technique, my religion; the new and old religion handed down to us from times long past…..are not painters inspired by love? In our life there is a single colour, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art and that is the Colour of Love."
    —Marc Chagall

    Fernand Mourlot considered Chagall's Daphne and Chloe series to be one of "the most important graphic works that Marc Chagall has created thus far." Chagall dedicated three years to this project and undertook a series of 42 lithographs that perhaps defined his career. Abandoning the traditional practice of first producing a black stone or drawing stone which outlines most of the composition and reduces the subsequent color plates to merely adding detail, Chagall chose to create lithographic compositions from pure color just as he would a painting.


    Daphne and Chloe, the two romantic heroes of Greek writer, Longus, are two childhood friends who undergo the trials and tribulations of growing up and, consequently, falling in love in the rich Mediterranean landscapes from which Chagall drew inspiration.

     

    Marc Chagall, La fable de Syringe, 1954-1956, gouache on paper, Centre Pompidou
    • Literature

      Fernand Mourlot 332
      see Patrick Cramer books 46

    • 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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La Fable de Syringe (The Syrinx Fable), plate 24 from Daphnis et Chloé (M. 332, see C. bks 46)

1961
Lithograph in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 16 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. (42.5 x 32.4 cm)
S. 21 1/4 x 15 in. (54 x 38.1 cm)

Signed and numbered 33/60 in pencil (there was also an unsigned book edition of 250), published by Tériade Éditeur, Paris, framed.

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