MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887-1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes
Title: They were in Forty Pairs…, from: Four Tales from the Arabian Nights, 1948
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Laid Paper
Paper size: 43 x 33 cm. / 16.9 x 12.9 in.
Image size: 37 x 28.5 cm. / 14.6 x 11.2 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 numbered in pencil from the edition of 90 and inscribed “pl. 2” at the lower left margin
The work is the 2nd plate (of 12) from the Album “Four Tales from the Arabian Nights”.
This work was printed in 1948 in a limited edition of 90 signed and numbered impressions by Albert Carman, New York. It was published by Pantheon, New York.
There is a thirteenth composition which was only included in ten of the portfolios.
Note: Each composition illustrates a piece of text from one of four tales from the Arabian nights. This composition relates to the story of “Kamar al- Zaman and the Jewellers Wife”. The text from which the image was created is – “They were in forty pairs, thus numbering fourscore and in their midst a young lady, riding on a horse, her face unveiled…”
1. Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1960). Chagall: The Lithographs I: 1922-1957 (Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Reference: Mourlot 37
2. Cramer, P. (1995). Marc Chagall: The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Geneva: Cramer
Reference: Cramer 18
Condition: Very good condition. Two very skilfully repaired tears at the upper sheet edge. The tip of the lower left corner cut. The colours are very strong.