Marc Chagall, ‘The Rest | Le Repos’, 1965, Gilden's Art Gallery

This colour monotype is hand signed in black ink, "Marc Chagall" at the lower left corner of the image.
The work was realized by Jacques Frelaut in 1962.
This work is a unique piece. Chagall created a total of 308 unique monotype throughout his lifetime.

Marc Chagall began to produce monotypes only when Gerald Cramer, his Swiss publisher at the time suggested it to him in the late 1950's. From that point, Chagall worked with Cramer and the printer Jacques Frelaut to produce an outstanding group of etchings, aquatints, woodcuts and monotypes including our work "Le Repos". In fact, an exhibition of examples from that body of works was presented at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York between November 1979 and January 1980. Riva Castlemain, Director of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the MOMA, interestingly noted at the time that
"This exhibition is about the creative interaction of three devoted people".
This work, “Le Repos”, has many typical aspects of iconography of this artist such as the couple, the bouquet and the bird.

Bouquinerie de l'Institut, Paris "Marc Chagall Monotypes" 20th October to 23rd December 2011
Galerie Patrick Cramer, Geneva "Marc Chagall Monotypes" 19th November -21 January 2012.

Literature: Cramer G. (1966). Marc Chagall Monotypes Volume I. Geneva: Gérald Cramer.
Reference: Illustrated Cramer 140 p. 116

Condition: Excellent condition.

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