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159C: Chagall, Marc, Signed Original Lithograph

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Artist: Chagall, Marc (1887 - 1985)
Title: The Rooster Over Paris, 1958
Medium: Original Color Chagall Lithograph
Image Size: 23 1/4 in x 17 1/2 in (59 cm x 44.5 cm)
Sheet Size: 30 1/4 in x 22 1/4 in (76.8 cm x 56.5 cm)
Framed Size: 43 3/4 in x 37 1/4 in (111.1 cm x 94.6 cm)
Signature: Hand signed by Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered 61/125 in pencil in the lower left margin (out of the total edition of 125 pulled on Arches paper)

Created in 1958, The Rooster Over Paris is hand signed by Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.  Published by Maeght, Paris and numbered 61/125 on Arches paper (out of the total edition of 125.

Chagall creates a fantasy landscape of Paris by night, coupled with a brilliant rooster hovering over the River Seine.  He is joined by another pair of Parisian lovers intertwined near the Eiffel Tower as well as another female figure, presenting a dazzling bouquet.

The central figure of the Rooster is brilliantly depicted in a bright ruby red with a tuft of green tail feathers complimenting the bright blues that surround the entire print.  Often viewed as a symbol of good luck and virility, Chagall creates this Rooster wearing a dual profile, including that of a man, over the Parisian night sky.  It awaits the daybreak as two lovers are lingering near the Eiffel Tower longing to stay in the streets of Paris for just a bit longer.  Chagall’s ability to create an illusory movement with the stroke of his hand can be easily seen in this piece, from the banks of the River Seine to the top of the Rooster’s crest, making it the perfect example of his artful mastery.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
It is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

   1. Marc Chagall, The Lithographs – La Collection Sorlier. (1998). Gauss, U. (Ed.). Distributed Art Publishers: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 223 on pgs. 115-6.

   2. Mourlot, F. (1963). The Lithographs of Chagall, Vol. II 1957 – 1962. André Sauret: Monte Carlo. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 223 on pgs. 52-3.

About the Framing:
Conservation framed in a traditional golden frame with vegetal and crescent accents. The sculptural details within the moulding perfectly complement the fine detailing within the work. Framing is finished with white, linen-wrapped mats with a matching gold inner fillet and Plexiglas cover.  All materials are archival.

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