Marc Chagall, 1887-1985
Le Coq Rouge. The Red Rooster
Original brush and chalk-drawn lithograph in colours. 1952. Signed in pencil. Numbered in pencil from the hand-printed edition of 200. (See note below). Drawn and printed at the studio of Arte Adrien Maeght. Edition issued by Galerie Maeght, Paris 1952.
Ref: Moulot - Chagall Lithographs no 60.
Note: The ‘Rooster’ and the ‘Flying Couple’ are two of the most important symbols of Chagall’s early Post-War art. After the pressures of the war they represent his joy in the new freedom of life, thought and love.
This work was drawn by Chagall for the 1952 ‘Behind the Mirror – Derrière le Miroir’ exhibition at Galerie Maeght – one of Chagall’s earliest post-war exhibitions in Paris. This impression was hand-printed direct from the stones on larger Arches paper. At the same time a transfer machine-printed edition was issued by the Maeght Gallery as part of the regular issues of the art periodical Derrière le Miroir. The richness of colour and tone is much greater in the hand-printed impressions, as here.
Excellent impression with strong colours. On cream heavy-weight Arches paper. Generally excellent condition; some signs of old mounting on the reverse. Drawn and printed virtually to full sheet size. Sheet: 378 x 554 mm.
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