Marc Chagall - Sacrifice aux Nymphes
Sacrifice aux Nymphes
Lithograph in colors on Arches paper
From the edition of 250, published by Tériade Editeur, Paris
16 1/2” x 12 5/8” (sheet)
24 1/4” x 20 1/4” (as framed)
Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) was born in Russia and throughout his career would flirt with many radical modernist styles including Cubism, Suprematism and Surrealism. In 1910 he moved to Paris just as Cubism was emerging as the leading avant-garde movement. His early work clearly adopted the forms and compositions of Cubism, yet he would soon come to reject the movement’s more academic leanings and remain committed to figurative and narrative art.
The two works offered here came from a suite of 42 lithographs all made to illustrate the ancient book Daphnis and Chloe. Believing he was uniquely suited to depicting this tale of young love triumphing over adversity, Tériade, one of the most important art publishers of the 20th Century, and Chagall’s friend, commissioned him for this project.
Although the text to Daphnis and Chloe is over 2000 years old, Chagall’s allegorical approach to the subject matter remains contemporary to this day.