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    THE GARDEN

     

    The garden, the moon

    In the evening, and you

    Tale. Candy

    From reseda

     

    A kiss

    thousand kisses

    Or spurned

     

    Sorrow. Candy

    He loves the evening

    A garden scent

    From reseda

     

    Throughout his life, Marc Chagall composed poems but rarely recorded them on paper. In "Poemes," the artist first published early works such as 'The Garden' (1909) together with many others written between 1930 and 1964. The poems are presented here adjacent elaborate woodcuts pulled by master printer Jamie Herrera at L’Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut in Paris.

     

    • Literature

      Patrick Cramer books 74

    • 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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Poèmes (Poems) (C. bks 74)

1968
The complete set of 24 woodcuts in colors, six with collage, on Rives BFK paper watermark Chagall, loose and folded (as issued), poems in French by the artist, with paper wrappers, title and justification pages, all contained in the original beige cloth-covered portfolio with gold printed title and artist's name on the spine with the original slipcase.
all unfolded S. 14 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (36.8 x 57.2 cm)
all folded S. 14 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (36.8 x 28.6 cm)
slipcase 15 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (39.4 x 31.1 x 5.7 cm)

Signed in pencil and numbered 98 (printed) on the justification page (the edition was 200, there were also 26 on Japan paper and 12 hors commerce in Roman numerals), published by Patrick Cramer, Geneva.

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