An original hand-signed Marc Chagall Lithograph print.
Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES / FRANCE” watermark
Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Marc Chagall.
A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left. One of the fourteen large lithographs of 1980, published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris; printed by Charles Sorlier at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.
Catalog: Mourlot 980; Gauss 980.
37 x 23 1/4 inches
Sheet Size: 46 x 29 5/8 inches
In 1980 the publisher Aimé Maeght decided to ask Chagall to make a few large scale lithographs. The request was very broad in nature, Maeght specifying neither a specific size nor theme for the group. The subject matter was left completely to Chagall. Initially Chagall was a bit reticent, but his desire to please Aimé Maeght spurred him on. Once Chagall grasped the project he became completely absorbed in it, ultimately going far beyond the scope of Maeght’s request. Chagall asked Charles Sorlier for the largest dimensions that the presses were capable of printing and proceeded from there. In the end, the project encompassed fourteen large graceful and poetic lithographs, thirteen of which were printed in vibrant pastel tones, one was printed in black only. “L’Envolée Magique” is one of the finest and most desirable of the color lithographs from this group.