Marc Chagall, ‘Poèmes (Cramer Books 74)’, 1968, Sotheby's
Marc Chagall, ‘Poèmes (Cramer Books 74)’, 1968, Sotheby's
Marc Chagall, ‘Poèmes (Cramer Books 74)’, 1968, Sotheby's
Marc Chagall, ‘Poèmes (Cramer Books 74)’, 1968, Sotheby's
Marc Chagall, ‘Poèmes (Cramer Books 74)’, 1968, Sotheby's

Signed in pencil and numbered IX on the justification page, one of twelve hors commerce proofs aside from edition of 226 numbered in Arabic numerals, on BFK Rives wove paper, folded (as issued), with poetry by the artist, accompanied by title and justification pages, printed by Lacourière and Frélaut, Paris, published by Cramer, Genève, contained in the original paper wrapper, beige cloth-covered boards and cloth-covered slipcase (24 prints).

images: 321 by 247 mm 12 3/4 by 9 3/4 in
overall: 392 by 307 by 56 mm 15 1/2 by 12 by 2 1/4 in

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