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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION, PARIS

Marc Chagall
DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (MOURLOT 308-349; CRAMER BOOKS 46)
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION, PARIS

Marc Chagall
DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (MOURLOT 308-349; CRAMER BOOKS 46)
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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (MOURLOT 308-349; CRAMER BOOKS 46)
The complete portfolio from the deluxe edition of 60, comprising 42 lithographs printed in colours, 1961, each sheet signed in pencil, numbered 6/60, with the title-page and list of plates, on Arches wove paper, loose (as issued), printed by Mourlot, published by Tériade, Paris, contained in the original imitation parchment paper-covered boards
small-format sheets: approx. 541 by 378mm 21 1/4 by 14 3/4 in; large-format sheets: approx. 540 by 755mm 22 1/2 by 30 1/2 in
overall: 800 by 590mm 31 1/2 by 23 1/4 in
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Provenance

Tériade (Stratis Eleftheriades), Paris

Acquired from Alice Tériade, widow of the above, by the present owner in 1995

Catalogue Note

A legendary love story, Longus’ Daphnis et Chloé has captivated romantic imaginations for centuries, though no artist has responded to the tale as ardently as Marc Chagall. His magnificent portfolio of 42 prints illustrating the early Greek novel is widely considered his greatest graphic achievement. Each kaleidoscopic lithograph is rife with romantic symbolism, dazzling with the vivid colours and bold lines for which the painter-printmaker is best known.

Chagall initially set to work reinterpreting Longus’ story in 1952 at the suggestion of his dear friend, the famed publisher Tériade. A native of Lesbos, Tériade, born Stratis Eleftheriades, encouraged Chagall to visit Greece, where he sourced inspiration for the project firsthand. With his new wife Vava in tow, the artist explored the best of Athens, Poros, Delphi, Olympia and their environs. Enchanted by the colours of Greece’s ancient ruins and coastlines, he sketched endless landscapes in gouache and pastel.

Upon returning to Paris, Chagall spent three years painstakingly re-inventing his preparatory sketches as lithographs. With guidance and assistance from colourist Charles Sorlier, he gained command of the fluid, transparent medium of lithographic ink, sometimes employing as many as 25 different hues to achieve a desired composition.  Remarkably vibrant and in pristine condition, the present Daphnis et Chloé set from the sought-after edition of 60 best displays this mastery of colour.  Acquired directly from Tériade's family, this complete set is not only an aesthetic and technical masterpiece, but a rare relic of 20th century print history.

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