MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887-1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes
Title: The Magic Flute II | La Flûte Enchantée II, 1972
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Wove Paper
Paper size: 59 x 44 cm / 23.2 x 17.3 in
Additional Information: This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Marc Chagall” at the lower right margin.
The lithograph is also hand numbered in pencil “38/50” at the lower left margin.
This lithograph was printed in a limited edition of 50 impressions by Mourlot, Paris.
Note: In 1964, the Metropolitan Opera commissioned Marc Chagall to design the stage sets and costumes for its first production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece The Magic Flute. A fantastical tale of romance and adventure set in ancient Egypt, “The Magic Flute” follows the handsome prince Tamino as he pursues his true love, the beautiful princess Pamina. It is an opera in two acts accompanied by a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder.
Considered by Marc Chagall the greatest of all operas, “so spiritual, so religious,” he attempted to draw parallels between the Bible and Mozart’s opera To him, they both shared the fundamental principles of goodness and truth; “For me there is nothing on earth that approaches those two perfections, The Magic Flute and the Bible,” he said.
Literature: Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1974). Chagall: The Lithographs IV: 1969-1973 (Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Reference: Mourlot 665