Signature: Signed in pencil.
Edition: One of a few signed proofs for friends / Ed. c. 1,500
Year: Based on a painting in 1949; Pub. 1960
40h x 32.5w in. framed
26h x 18.55w in. unframed
Inventory Name: CHG0521L01
Chagall's fascination with lithography came later in his life, as he was 63 years old when he began to study with printmaker Charles Sorlier in 1950. Sorlier became his creative collaborator and master printmaker, assisting him in the Mourlot atelier. At this time, Chagall was already a famous artist, yet he worked hard to master the printmaking medium with the assistance of Charles Sorlier. Chagall would draw a composition in black on stone, zinc, or transfer paper, creating the general outline of the work. After printing a few proofs, Chagall would then add color in water color or pastel. Once he was satisfied, he would print the principal plate. Sorlier and Chagall would then conduct color tests, assuring that everything was in order. Chagall was a perfectionist, and he would revise and rework his pieces until they met his high standards. This piece was hand signed especially for Chagall's friend, a famous Hotelier and Chevalier of Music, Martin Riskin.
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