Marc Chagall, ‘La Caverne des Nymphes (from Daphnis et Chloé)’, 1961, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

In 1961 Parisian publisher Tériade commissioned Marc Chagall to illustrate the classical romance story of Daphnis and Chloë. A honeymoon trip to Greece inspired his suite of lithographs; masterful compositions of pure color.

Together with copy of invoice

Published by Teriade, Paris

Image/sheet (vis.): 16.125" x 24.75"; Frame: 24" x 32"

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Signature: Retains a Feigen Palmer Gallery label verso

Publisher: Published by Teriade, Paris

Literature: Gauss, Ulrike, ed. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs. New York: D.A.P., 1998. #321.

Feigen Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, 1965); Thence by descent

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