Marc Chagall, 1887-1985

The Tales from the Arabian Nights - No 6. She Came Down from the Tree.

1948

Original lithograph in colours. 1947/48. Signed in pencil. Inscribed in pencil as ‘Pl. 6’. Numbered in pencil 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 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.  Hatje-Conrad - Chagall Lithographs no 41.

Provenance:  Italian Private Collection. Acquired in the 1960’s.

Superb impression with brilliant glowing colours. On pale cream laid paper. Excellent condition; the very faintest hint of old mounting. Full small margins, as issued. Sheet: 432 x 330 mm. Image: 368 x 279 mm.

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Note: The compositions for the 'Arabian Nights' were Chagall's earliest works in colour lithography. By 1948 he had already worked in monochrome lithography in black in Berlin and Paris but he was first taught how to use colours by Albert Carman. It was a revelation to him and the colour works in this series have an extraordinary 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.

 
 
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