Marc Chagall, ‘The Lamentations of Ulysses (M.763, L'Odyssée)’, 1974, Martin Lawrence Galleries

An experienced traveler himself, Marc Chagall was nevertheless deeply enchanted by the allure of Greek history and culture. His visits to Greece in the 1950’s had a lasting effect on his creative output, inspiring numerous paintings and several suites of lithographs related to Greek mythology, including Daphnis & Chloe, In the Land of the Gods, and finally, The Odyssey. This unique lithograph was printed in 1974 in a limited edition of 270.

Signature: The Artist approved the print

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

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