MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887-1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Russian/French)

Title: Bird-Woman | Femme-oiseau, 1962

Technique: Original Hand Signed Unique Monotype in Colours on Japan Nacré Paper

Paper size: 38.5 x 28 cm. / 15.1 x 11 in.
Image size: 15 x 21 cm. / 5.9 x 8.2 in.

Additional Information: This monotype in colours is hand signed in black ink by the artist “Chagall” at the upper right corner of the image.
The work was realized by Jacques Frelaut in 1962.
This work is a unique piece. Chagall created a total of 308 unique monotype throughout his lifetime.

Marc Chagall began to produce monotypes only when Gerald Cramer, his Swiss publisher at the time suggested it to him in the late 1950’s. From that point, Chagall worked with Cramer and the printer Jacques Frelaut to produce an outstanding group of etchings, aquatints, woodcuts and monotypes including our work “Le Repos”.

In fact, an exhibition of examples from that body of works was presented at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York between November 1979 and January 1980. Riva Castlemain, Director of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the MOMA, interestingly noted at the time that, “This exhibition is about the creative interaction of three devoted people”.

Literature: Leymarie, J. & Cramer, G. (1966) Marc Chagall, Monotypes 1961-1965. Geneva: Cramer.
Illustrated: Cramer 48, p. 76

Condition: Very good condition. Very soft, unobtrusive folds in the margins.