MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887-1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Title: Fantastic Composition 1st State | Composition Fantastique 1ere Etat, 1976

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper

Paper size: 84 x 63 cm. / 33 x 24.8 in.
Image size: 63.5 x 48 cm. / 25 x 18.9 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Marc Chagall” at the lower right margin.
This is an artist’s proof, inscribed and numbered from an edition of only 15, at the lower left margin.
This work was printed in 1976 in a limited edition of 15 proofs signed and numbered impressions by Fernand Mourlot, Paris. The 15 proofs were reserved for the artist. It was published by Éditions Maeght, Paris in the same year.
There was no regular edition of this state ever made.
The paper also bears the Arches watermark at the lower right margin.

Note: This rare lithograph offers a glimpse into the working practices of Marc Chagall as it was printed and published in an extremely small and limited number prior to the artist reworking the composition and publishing a second state. Our impression shows a much more diverse range of characters and animals vying for attention in the left and lower image.

Literature: Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1984). Chagall: The Lithographs V: 1974-1979(Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.

Reference: Mourlot 896

Condition: Excellent condition. Very pale, unobtrusive time-staining around the image.