MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887-1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes (Russian / French)
Title: Blessed Husband…, from: The Land of the Gods | Bienheureux époux…: Sur la terre des Dieux, 1967
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper
Paper size: 65 x 50.5 cm. / 25.6 x 19.9 in.
Image size: 45.5 x 36 cm. / 17.9 x 14.2 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 inscribed in pencil from the edition of 25 reserved for the artist, author and collaborators, at the lower left margin. The standard edition was of 75 plus 25 artist’s proofs on Arches paper.
This work was printed in 1967 by Mourlot, Paris and published by A.C. Mazo, Paris in the same year.
This subject is the twelfth of twelve lithographs comprising the portfolio “Sur la Terre des Dieux” [In the Land of the Gods].
The title of the work comes from the ancient Greek poet Sappho. “Bienheureux époux, tu as l’hymen que tu désirais, et tu possèdes la vierge désirée” [Blessed husband, you have the hymen that you wanted, and you possess the virgin you desired].
The paper bears the Arches watermark in the right margin.
Galerie Badan, Geneva
Private collection, Belgium
1. Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1984). Chagall: The Lithographs V: 1974-1979 (Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Reference: Mourlot 540
2. Cramer, P. (1995). Marc Chagall: The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Geneva: Cramer Reference: Cramer 72
Condition: Very good condition. Pale time-staining in the margins towards the sheet edges. The sheet slightly toned, verso.