Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Title: Le soleil de Paris (The Paris Sun),
Medium: Lthograph, 1977, on Arches watermarked paper with full margins, an unsigned proof outside the edition , with the Gallery Blindstamp RGM
Size: Paper size: 770 x 483 mms ;
References: Sorlier, Charles. Chagall Lithographs 1974-1979, vol. V. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. CS48.
Edition: This is an unsigned proof outside the edition of 150
Notes: This work was originally used as a poster of an exhibition of Chagall’s works at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and was created after an original artwork by Marc Chagall. He uses the same shade of bold blue in varying tones and hues to create the beautiful Parisian cityscape which fades into the horizon – with of course the Eiffel Tower peaking in the background. Our soleil de Paris takes center stage as it seems to breathe life into the entire composition. Detailed in a deep red, our sun acts as the heart of Paris, accompanied by its whimsical characters and people that make the city one of the most loved in the world. The bunch of flowers in the bottom left shares some of the warmth of the sun, bringing the light down into the streets of Paris.
Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, France
Published by : Editions des Musées Nationaux, Paris
Provenance: Galerie R.G. Michel, Paris. The sale from which this came described the provenance as “Une Galerie Parisienne Historique” and this was no less then the truth. It was founded in 1912 by Robert Gustav Michel and was situated on the Quai Saint-Michel specialising in graphics by Modern Masters. The last owner, Francoise, sadly retired recently due to ill health. Some of the unsigned items in the sale were stamped with the Gallery Blindstamp RGM (Robert Gustave Michel) - who had founded the Gallery more than 100 years ago http://www.marquesdecollections.fr/detail.cfm/marque/13349/total/1