Marc Chagall, ‘Fantastic Composition 1st State | Composition Fantastique 1ere Etat’, 1976, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Marc Chagall" at the lower right margin.
This is an artist’s proof, inscribed and numbered from an edition of only 15, at the lower left margin.
This work was printed in 1976 in a limited edition of 15 proofs signed and numbered impressions by Fernand Mourlot, Paris. The 15 proofs were reserved for the artist. It was published by Éditions Maeght, Paris in the same year.
There was no regular edition of this state ever made.
The paper also bears the Arches watermark at the lower right margin.

Note: This rare lithograph offers a glimpse into the working practices of Marc Chagall as it was printed and published in an extremely small and limited number prior to the artist reworking the composition and publishing a second state. Our impression shows a much more diverse range of characters and animals vying for attention in the left and lower image.

Literature: Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1984). Chagall: The Lithographs V: 1974-1979(Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.

Reference: Mourlot 896

Condition: Excellent condition. Very pale, unobtrusive time-staining around the image.

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