Marc Chagall, ‘Place de la Concorde ’, 1961, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Notes: “Paris, my heart’s reflection, I would like to blend with it, not to be alone with myself.”
“I whiled away my days at the Place de la Concorde or round the Jardin du Luxembourg, plucking leaves and looking at Danton and Watteau. Oh! If only, astride the stone chimera of Notre Dame, I could forge a pathway across the heavens. Paris, to me you are a second Vitebsk!” –Marc Chagall
This was part of a portfolio entitled “Regards sur Paris” (Gerard Bauer and various authors). Ten writers - all members of the Academie Goncourt - contributed essays to this book which presents the different sights and scenes of Paris. Each text is illustrated by a different artist with 2 full page and 1 double page Lithograph. Chagall’s contributions were:
La Place de la Concorde (This present example) , Le Bateau Mouche au bouquet, Quai de la Tourelle
This work is in many ways typical of Chagall’s oeuvre. Behind the brilliant colours are figures flying in the air reminiscent of farmyard scenes from his native Russia. The architectural scene of the Place de la Concorde can be seen below.
Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, France

Signature: Unsigned as normal

Publisher: Andre Sauret, Paris. From "Regards sur Paris".

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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