Marc Chagall, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 1964, Galerie d'Orsay

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 5,000 with poster text (there were 200 additional impressions on Arches wove paper, and 25 artist’s proofs, printed without the text). Transcribed by Charles Sorlier from a detail of the preliminary sketch of Chagall’s design for the ceiling of the Paris Opera, bearing his credit line “D’APRÈS MARC CHAGALL – CH. SORLIER GRAV.” at the lower left edge of the sheet. Published by Tourism Français, Paris, as a promotional travel poster; printed by Atelier Mourlot, Paris, bearing their credit lines at the lower right edge of the sheet. Mourlot CS10; Chagall’s Posters Catalogue Raisonné p. 97.

Publisher: Published by Tourism Français, 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