MARC CHAGALL 1887 – 1985
[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887 – 1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Russian/French)
Title: Homage to Julien Cain | Hommage à Julien Cain, 1968
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Inscribed Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper
Paper size: 31.5 x 41.1 cm. / 12.4 x 16.2 in.
Image size: 17.4 x 24.6 cm. / 6.9 x 9.7 in.
Additional Information: This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Marc Chagall” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand inscribed in pencil “épreuve d’artiste” [artist’s proof]. Our impression is one of a small number of artist’s proofs which were signed by the artist. The standard edition was created for the book “Humanisme Actif – Hommage a Julien Cain” and published unsigned and unnumbered.
The paper bears the Arches watermark in the lower left margin.
Julian Cain was the general administrator of the Bibliothèque nationale de France prior to being removed from his post by the Vichy government in 1941. Importantly, prior to the Nazi occupation of Paris, Cain saw the importance in protecting the library’s most valuable works and arranged for their evacuation and safe keeping. In 1941, Cain was publicly denounced by a statement in the newspaper Le Matin and subsequently arrested and interned in French prisons until 1944. He was transported to Buchenwald concentration camp and after some time was assigned to translation duties, his belief in returning to the National Library was his main source of strength and ultimately upon American liberation of Buchenwald, he was reinstated as the general administrator of the Bibliothèque nationale. He was instrumental in the formation of UNESCO in the Post-war years and elected to be the vice-president of their executive council.
Literature: Literature: Mourlot, F. & Sorlier, C. (1974). Chagall: The Lithographs, Vol. IV (Catalogue Raisonne). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Reference: Mourlot 487
Condition: Excellent condition.