Marc Chagall, ‘Quai de Bercy’, 1954, Galerie d'Orsay

Image size: 15 x 18 inches; Sheet size: 15 x 21 5/8 inches. In excellent condition, with bright, fresh colors. with the vertical fold characteristic of this edition. Mourlot 93; Cramer 24 VI. A superb impression of the definitive state, from the periodical edition of 2,550 (apart from the hand-signed edition of 75). One of 11 original lithographs (9 in colors, 2 in black) commissioned by Galerie Maeght, Paris, for the catalogue to the 1954 exhibition of the artist’s work on the theme of Paris, the catalogue was published as a special issue of the periodical Derrière le Miroir, nos. 66-68. Published by Maeght Editeur, Paris; printed at Atelier Mourlot, Paris.

Publisher: Published by Maeght Editeur, 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