Marc Chagall, ‘Le Ballet’, 1969, Galerie d'Orsay

In excellent condition, with bright, fresh colors, printed on a full sheet. Mourlot 581; Cramer 78. A fine impression of the definitive state from the edition published in a special issue of the Jacques Lassaigne book Marc Chagall. Dessins et Aquarelles pour le Ballet (there was no hand-signed edition). Published by Editions XXeme Siècle, Paris; printed at Atelier Mourlot, Paris. The Jacques Lassaigne book in which this lithograph was used as the frontispiece presented Chagall’s set and costume designs for Tchaîkovsky’s ballet Aleko, Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe. The lithograph itself Chagall patterned after one of his designs for Ravel’s Daphnis et Chole, which was performed at the Paris Opera on June 3, 1959.

Publisher: Published by Editions XXeme Siècle, Paris

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