Marc Chagall, ‘The Grand Bouquet’, 1963, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper bearing a portion of the BFK Rives watermark.

A superb impression of the definitive state of this rare lithograph, from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left.

Catalog: Mourlot 384.

In excellent condition, with strong, fresh colors, printed on a full sheet.

In most of Chagall’s large lithographs the color is supported by black drawing. In this work, the artist wanted to rediscover “the chemistry” of his palette. Using everything he had ever learned as an artist and printmaker, simultaneously making use of all the lithographer’s tools, he astonishes us with this bouquet more brilliant than the original flowers that he had arranged beside a basket of strawberries in his studio on the quai d’Anjou.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Marc Chagall.

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