Plate: V. 13
Title: Visions de Paris (#1)
A+ Original lithograph.
Issued in VERVE Vol. VII, Nos. 27-28
in Paris, Dec. 1952
Pulled on the presses of Mourlot.
Original centre fold with b&w images by
Chagall on verso. One image is
of the Arc de Triumph while the other is a scene portraying lovers in front of
the Paris Obelisk.
Ref: Fernand Mourlot, ed., Chagall Lithographie (1922-1957),
Andre Sauret, 1960.
Mourlot #82, Second and final Edition as issued by Verve
in December, 1952.
Presented in acid free, archival museum mat, with
framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
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This is a superb Chagall with brilliant colours
in excellent condition. A wonderful composition. A must have for the collector
of Chagall's original Lithographs.
Sheet Size:||14 in x 21 in|
x 53.5 cm|
Other's in "Visions de Paris" series V.12
"The extensive series of original Lithograph's Chagall did for Verve Nos
27/28- Visions de Paris, was part of the outpouring of creativity that coincided
with the painter's return to France and celebrated his love for it's capital…The
artist introduces the Seine, Notre-Dame, the Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel
Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe into his compositions, the way he did the houses
of Vitebsk: the monumental landscape of Paris becomes a constituent element in
Chagall's imaginary world…
Chagall made the following remarks about
the Visions de Paris cycle:
'Paris is a picture already painted. Instead, America still must be painted.'
And: 'The Paris which I dreamed in America and which I rediscovered, enriched
by new life, it's as if I had to be born again, dry my tears, and start crying
again… Visions de Paris which may be the same, yet are not the same. Paris, mirror
of my heart. Would that I could melt away into her, and not be alone with myself"
(Verve: The Ultimate Review of Art and Literature (1937-1960)
page 239, 240)
This original lithograph for Visions de Paris was commissioned
by the Paris publisher, Verve, and were bound into their 1952 double volume Both
sides of the heavy, wove paper were used for printing and have a black and white
lithograph which appears on the verso of thie original colour lithograph. As it
was printed on a double sheet of paper it contains two black and white Chagall
lithographs on the back. One image is of the Arc de Triumph while the other is
a scene portraying lovers in front of the Paris Obelisk. It is undoubtedly one
of Chagall's most important colour lithographs.
Verve was published
from 1937 to 1960. It was a leader for promoting modern movements in art. Printed
and published in Paris, this periodical contained major articles on and by leading
contemporary artists. Every issue contains at least one original print created
specifically for the publication. Many of the most sought after original lithographs
of the twentieth century appeared in 1952 double number of Verve. Including Marc
Chagall's Visions de Paris set, Andre Masson's, The Torrent, Henri Matisse's,
The Sadness of the King, Leger's, The Country Outing,
Miro's, The Dog Barking at the Moon and original lithographs
in both colors and black and white by Georges Braque, Henri Laurens, Alberto Giacometti,
Francisco Bores and Marcel Gromaire.
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