Marc Chagall, ‘Motherhood | Maternité’, 1962, Gilden's Art Gallery

This colour monotype is hand signed in black ink, "Marc Chagall" at the lower right corner of the image.
The work was realized by Jacques Frelaut in 1962.
This work is a unique piece. Chagall created a total of 308 unique monotype throughout his lifetime.

Marc Chagall began to produce monotypes only when Gerald Cramer, his Swiss publisher at the time suggested it to him in the late 1950's. From that point, Chagall worked with Cramer and the printer Jacques Frelaut to produce an outstanding group of etchings, aquatints, woodcuts and monotypes including our work "Maternité". In fact, an exhibition of examples from that body of works was presented at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York between November 1979 and January 1980. .

Tel Aviv, Hilton Art Gallery, Ida Kimche.
Mr. Phyllis Sachar, Capetown South Africa, (purchased from the above .1969)
Private collection, Israel

Literature: Cramer G. (1976). Marc Chagall Monotypes 1966 - 1975 Volume I. Geneva: Gérald Cramer.
Reference: Illustrated Cramer 32 p. 68

Condition: Good condition. Extensive foxing across the sheet. The upper margin folded. Remains of hinging tape and adhesive, verso.

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