Marc Chagall, ‘"So I came forth of the sea and sat down..." (Four Tales from the Arabian Nights, M.40)’, 1948, Martin Lawrence Galleries

Beautifully framed in a closed-corner gilt frame and hand-signed lower right, this lithograph is one of an edition of 111. In 1948, Marc Chagall and his Four Tales from the Arabian Nights prints were awarded the Venice Biennial's graphic prize and were considered the finest examples of lithograph work produced in the United States prior to 1950.

Signature: Signed by the Artist

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

Publisher: Marc Chagall, Albert Carman, New York

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