Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Carmen’, 1966, Alpha 137 Gallery

As a price comparable at public auction, another edition of this rare work sold at Christie's in 2014 for US $40,000. Below is the link to that sale:
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/prints-multiples/after-marc-chagall-by-charles-5787266-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5787266&sid=78ac95d1-21d5-47df-a3d7-1853bb6fc08d
This rare, hand-signed lithograph was printed for the opening of Georges Bizet's Carmen, the first performance at the Metropolitan Opera House at New York's Lincoln Center. The image is a detail taken from Marc Chagall's preliminary rendering of his famed mural The Triumph of Music, which is still on display in the opera house. This print is by Marc Chagall, and it is hand signed and numbered by Chagall but it is often also called "After Marc Chagall" as a way of Chagall giving credit to his close friend, fellow artist, and collaborator Charles Sorlier - who collaborated with him on this work. Many other artists collaborate this closely with their printers, but it was a testament to Chagall's generosity that he wanted to give his printer and close friend equal billing.

This is the first version of this print to have text. This impression comes from the signed and numbered edition of 150, aside from the unsigned, unnumbered edition of 3,000. A second version was published the same year, without the text and with the addition of a bird in the lower left corner and a woman and child in the upper right corner. There was also a slightly larger signed edition of 200 -- but this edition of only 150 is considered the most desirable. This rare vintage hand signed and numbered 1966 Chagall lithograph is one of only 150 in the world. Other editions of this work have only come up at public auction a handful of times over the past 25 years. It is the highly desirable hand signed and numbered edition of 150, on Arches watermarked paper with deckled edges, created for the benefit of the Metropolitan Opera - (aside from the more commonly seen regular edition of 3000, which was unsigned and on poster paper.) The present work is the original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper bearing the Arches script watermark. Hand-signed in black crayon lower right Chagall. It was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the Vera List Art Poster program for the American Federation of the Arts. A superb impression of the first version of this subject, from the edition of 150 with printed text, numbered in white crayon lower right. (there were also, separately, 200 signed and numbered impressions of the second version without the poster text printed on Arches wove - but this one is the more desirable and very first and smaller edition). This lithograph was printed for the opening of George Bizet's opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Transcribed by Charles Sorlier from Chagall’s maquette for “The Triumph of Music,” (Chagall’s mural which is still on exhibit at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York) with the annotation “D’APRES MARC CHAGALL – CH. SORLIER GRAV.” added to the stone lower left. Published by Editions of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; printed at Atelier Mourlot, Paris, bearing its credit line on the stone lower right.
Catalogue Raisonne Reference:
Catalog: Mourlot CS39; Chagall’s Posters Catalogue Raisonné p. 108.
"Carmen" has not been examined outside of its original vintage frame but appears to be in excellent condition. It is professionally framed such that the deckled edges are floated onto a mat, but it's also elegantly matted and framed -- allowing the best of both styles - and showing the excellent condition of the sheet.
Measurements:
40 x 26 1/4 in. (sheet), 51 x 37 in. (frame).

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Signature: Hand signed in black crayon lower right recto (front) Marc Chagall; hand numbered in white crayon from the edition of 150. (there was also an edition of 200 without text and a poster edition of 3,000),

Publisher: Published by the Metropolitan Opera Editions, NYC; Printed by Atelier Mourlot, Paris

Catalog: Mourlot CS39; Chagall’s Posters Catalogue Raisonné p. 108.

Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the Vera List Art Poster program for the American Federation of the Arts for the benefit of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City.

About Marc Chagall

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role among Jewish artists, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He preferred to be considered separately from other artists, his imagery and allegory uniquely his own.

Russian-French, 1887-1985, Vitebsk, Belarus