La Place de la Concorde

Marc Chagall
La Place de la Concorde
lithograph
1962

An original Marc Chagall lithograph print.

1962

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

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the album edition of 180 (apart from the pencil-signed and numbered edition of 25). 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 of the Board of the Académie Goncourt which were illustrated by 33 original lithographs by 10 different artists. Published by André Sauret, Paris, January, 1963; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Mourlot 353; Cramer 53 II.

15 3/8 x 11 7/8 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 ten 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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