Marc Chagall, ‘Cornfield on Summer’, 1958, Baterbys Art Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Cornfield on Summer’, 1958, Baterbys Art Gallery
Marc Chagall, ‘Cornfield on Summer’, 1958, Baterbys Art Gallery

This is an original photocolor on paper after a lithograph from Marc Chagall’s Daphnis et Chloe portfolio. Chagall was asked to illustrate the ancient Greek story before he embarked on a honeymoon trip to Greece. The story’s theme of young love overcoming adversity fit with Chagall’s life story. The artist created 42 stunning lithographs as part of the project. Chagall’s Daphnis et Chloe lithographs are considered his most colorful and technically suburb collection of prints. In this piece, he expressively captures the pastoral landscape where much of the story takes place.

Framed in fluted gold moulding and off white matboard

Signature: Unsigned

Image rights: This is an original photocolor on paper and not a poster print.

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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