LA PLACE DE LA CONCORDE

Marc Chagall
LA PLACE DE LA CONCORDE
lithograph
1962-3

An original hand-signed Marc Chagall lithograph print.

1962-3

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper bearing the Arches script watermark

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

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 25, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (apart from the unsigned album edition of 180, and 10 impression printed on Japan Nacré).  One of three lithographs by Chagall commissioned to illustrate the essay “La place de la grève” by Gérard Bauër, part of the album Regards sur Paris comprising 10 individual essays by the members Board of the Académie Goncourt which were illustrated by 33 original lithographs by 10 different artists (Beaudin, Braque, Brianchon, Carzou, Chagall, Masson, Picasso, Dunoyer du Segonzac, Van Dongen, Villon) .  Published by André Sauret, Paris, January, 1962; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris. 

Catalog: Mourlot 353; Cramer 53 II.

15 3/8 x 11 13/16 inches

Sheet Size: 19 x 14 inches

The Académie Goncourt is a literary organization based in Paris that was created in 1903 by French writer and publisher Edmond de Goncourt to promote literature in France in opposition to the then existing policies towards writers by the Académie Française. Membership is reserved to writers who have produced works in the French language but it is not limited to citizens of France.  Each December since 1903, the ten-member Board of the Académie has awarded the Prix Goncourt for the best work of fiction of the year.  The ten members of the academy are usually called les dix.  Since 1914 they have convened in an oval room, the salon Goncourt on the second floor of the Drouant restaurant in the heart of Paris. The cutlery or tableware that they use while meeting and dining at the restaurant constitutes the main physical continuity of the academy. Each new member receives the fork and knife of the member which he (or she) is replacing, and a new name is then added on the knife and the fork.
In 1962 the Parisian publisher André Sauret initiated the project Regards sur Paris, an album comprised of essays by each of the then member Board of the Académie Goncourt.  Each of these essays, presenting the different sights and scenes of Paris, was then illustrated with original lithographs by a different artist.  In addition to Chagall, the album includes lithographs by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, André Masson, Jacques Villon, Kees van Dongen, Dunoyer de Segonzac, André Baudin, Maurice Brianchon and Jean Carzou. 

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