FRONTISPIECE from L’Odyssée

Marc Chagall
FRONTISPIECE from L’Odyssée
Lithograph
1974

An original hand-signed Marc Chagall Lithograph print.

1974

Original lithograph printed in colors on Japan Nacré paper.

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Marc Chagall.

A superb impression of the definitive state. From the edition of 30 on this paper, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (apart from the unsigned album edition of 270 on Arches wove paper).The frontispiece to Volume II of Homer’s L’Odyssée, one of 43 color lithographs illustrating this work. Published and printed by Fernand Mourlot, Paris, 1974.

Catalog: Mourlot 788; Cramer 96 XXI

16 x 12 inches

Sheet Size: 21 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches

Homer’s Odyssey recounts the adventures of the Greek hero Ulysses (son of the king of Ithaca, husband of Penelope, and father of Telemachus) on his journey home, beset by adversity, to the island of Ithaca, after the fall of Troy. He suffered the enmity of Poseidon after blinding his son, the one-eyed giant Polyphemus; his travels were therefore liable to be interrupted by storm and shipwreck caused by the vindictive sea-god. En route Ulysses and his companions encountered the Sirens, bird-like creatures with the heads of women, who drew sailors to their death with their irresistible, magic songs.

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