Marc Chagall, ‘Les jeunes gens de Méthymne’, 1961, Koller Auctions

Image 42.2 x 32 cm on vélin by Arches (with the watermark) 54 x 38 cm.
Printed by Mourlot Frères, Paris.
From the 42-part „Daphnis et Chloé" series.
We thank Mr. Yves and Marc Lebouc, Bouquinerie de l’Institut, Paris, for their scientific support.

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right: Marc Chagall, as well as numbered on the reverse XVIII

Image rights: Courtesy of Koller Auktionen

Publisher: Published by Editions de la Verve.

Catalogue raisonné:
Mourlot, no. 324.
Cramer, Illustrated Books, no. 46.

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