Chagall, Marc. (1887-1985), [After]

CARMEN - Signed Metropolitan Opera Poster

Lithograph printed in colors on Arches wove paper with text, 1966, signed in black crayon and numbered 130/150 in white lower right (there was also an edition of 200 without text and a poster edition of 3,000).  Printed by Mourlot, Paris, published by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York. 40 x 26 inch sheet (pictured in 40.75 x 27 inch frame though sold UNFRAMED). In bright and fine condition with age toning along the edges and to the verso, edges with three small stray ink marks from the printing plate. Slight wear along the lower edge from framing, but overall in fine condition with the pigments wonderfully preserved and bright as ever. Literature: See Charles A. Riley II, Art at Lincoln Center, p. 129; "Chagall's Posters, A Catalogue Raisonne" by Charles Sorlier page 108.

Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the Vera List Art Poster program for the American Federation of the Arts, this is a superb impression of the first version of this subject, from the edition of 150 with printed text, numbered in white crayon lower right, published on Arches watermarked paper with deckled edges, created for the opening of George Bizet's opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House. There were also, separately, 200 signed and numbered impressions of the second version without the poster text printed on Arches wove aside from the more commonly seen regular edition of 3000, which was unsigned and on poster paper. Transcribed by Charles Sorlier from Chagall’s maquette for “The Triumph of Music” (Chagall’s mural which is still on exhibit at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York) with the annotation “D’APRES MARC CHAGALL – CH. SORLIER GRAV.” added to the stone lower left. Published by Editions of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; printed at Atelier Mourlot, Paris, bearing its credit line on the stone lower right.

Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Catalog: Mourlot CS39; Chagall’s Posters Catalogue Raisonné p. 108.



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