Marc Chagall, ‘They were in Forty Pairs…, from: Four Tales from the Arabian Nights’, 1948, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Marc Chagall" at the lower right margin.
It is also numbered in pencil from the edition of 90 and inscribed “pl. 2” at the lower left margin
The work is the 2nd plate (of 12) from the Album "Four Tales from the Arabian Nights".
This work was printed in 1948 in a limited edition of 90 signed and numbered impressions by Albert Carman, New York. It was published by Pantheon, New York.
There is a thirteenth composition which was only included in ten of the portfolios.

Note: Each composition illustrates a piece of text from one of four tales from the Arabian nights. This composition relates to the story of “Kamar al- Zaman and the Jewellers Wife”. The text from which the image was created is – “They were in forty pairs, thus numbering fourscore and in their midst a young lady, riding on a horse, her face unveiled…”

Literature:

  1. Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1960). Chagall: The Lithographs I: 1922-1957 (Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
    Reference: Mourlot 37
  2. Cramer, P. (1995). Marc Chagall: The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Geneva: Cramer
    Reference: Cramer 18

Condition: Very good condition. Two very skilfully repaired tears at the upper sheet edge. The tip of the lower left corner cut. The colours are very strong.

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