Marc Chagall, 1887-1985
Femme de Cirque. L'Ecuyere. Circus Woman. Bareback Performer
Lithograph in colours with added colours by stencil printing. c.1960. Signed in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 150. Created at the studio of Guy Spitzer, Paris c.1960. (See note below) Stencil print with retouching in colours, from a specially drawn gouache maquette; stencils created by Guy Spitzer under Chagall's supervision and printing controlled by Chagall. c.1959/1960. Signed in pencil. Numbered (55) from the edition of 150. Also signed in the image. Created at the studio of Spitzer. With the Spitzer Editeur mark and the stamp on the reverse, with the title and the edition number.
Superb impression with brilliant colours. On pale cream wove Arches paper. Excellent fresh condition; the very faintest traces of old mounting on the reverse. Full margins. Sheet: 793x637 mm. Image: 595x457mm.
Note: The most famous use by Chagall of the stencil medium in his printmaking of the first post-war period.
In this work Chagall co-operated with the leading colour stencil printer in Paris at the beginning of the 1960’s Guy Spitzer. Working under Chagall’s supervision, work in colour lithography was combined with stencils created by Spitzer from a gouache maquette painted by Chagall.
This maquette was part of a series by Chagall had painted earlier (in the 1920’s) at the suggestion of his dealer Ambroise Vollard. Vollard enabled Chagall to visit the famous Parisian ‘Cirque d’Hiver’ as many times as he wanted and it initiated a passion for circus as a theme which lasted throughout Chagall’s life.
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