Marc Chagall, ‘The Rooster and the Clock’, ca. 1956, Gilden's Art Gallery

This etching with aquatint is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Marc Chagall" at the lower right margin.
It is hand numbered in pencil from an edition of 300 numbered impressions.
This work was printed by Georges Visat in circa 1956 and published by Maeght in a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered impressions based on a painting from the 1950's titled "L’horloge à Vitebsk" (until 2006 in the Estate of Marc Chagall)
The paper bears the BFK Rives watermark in the lower right margin.

Franz Meyer stated of Chagall's use of the wall clock in his works, "In 1914, after returning to his parents' home, Chagall had painted the wall clock as a mysterious item in the inventory of the world of his childhood. In a small picture of 1930, in which a woman is lighting a candle, the big clock stands out against the white and ocher wall as a reference point for homely memories…What does the wall clock stand for? First, it is an item of the mysterious world of childhood, a great, strange presence in the parents' sitting room filled with an incomprehensible life of its own. This makes it a being belonging to a different stage of reality…At the same time it announces the hour and so demarcates the diffuse stream that governs all human destiny." (Meyer 379)

Provenance: Grosvenor Gallery, London
Private collection, London (acquired from the above in 1968 and remained in the same collection till 2018)

Literature:

  1. Sorlier Charles, Chagall Lithographs, Volume V 1974-1979, Monte-Carlo: Editions Andre Sauret, 1984.
    Reference: Sorlier 49
  2. Derrière le Miroir No. 92-93: 10 Ans d'Edition – Maeght Editeur – 1946-1956, 1956, Maeght Editeur, Paris.
    Reference: Maeght 1202

Condition: Good condition. Mount staining in all margins.

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