Marc Chagall, 1887-1985

Arabian Nights. Ifrit with the Couple on her Back.

Circa 1947

Original lithograph in colours. 1947/48. Signed in pencil. Numbered in pencil (23) from the edition of 90. (There were also c.20 proofs). Drawn and printed at the studio of Albert Carman, New York 1948. Issued as no 6 (inscribed in pencil as 'Plate 6') in the series of 'Four Tales of the Arabian Nights'. (There were 14 compositions in the whole series).  Isssued in New York 1948.
Ref: Mourlot - Chagall Lithographs no 41.
Note: The compositions for the 'Arabian Nights' were Chagall's earliest works in colour lithography. In 1948 he had already worked in monochrome lithography in black but he was taught how to use colours by Albert Carman. It was a revelation to him and thecolour works in this series have a vibrancy and 'enjoyment' of colour which makes them seminal in his whole oeuvre. It was as a result of the 'Arabian Nights' that colour lithography became one of the most important aspects of Chagall's whole work.

Superb impression with brilliant freash colours. On pale cream laid paper. Excellent condition; the very faintest hint of old mounting. Full small margins, as issued. Sheet: 43 x 330mm. Image: 370 x 280mm. 14 1/2 x 11 ins.

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