Les deux rives

Marc Chagall
Les deux rives
lithograph
1980

An original hand-signed Marc Chagall lithograph print.

(The Two Banks)

1980

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 proof impression of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 50, annotated “EA” (épreuve d’artist) in pencil in the margin lower left.  Published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris; printed by Charles Sorlier at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Mourlot 974

37 x 23 5/8 inches

Sheet Size: 45 ½ x 29 ¾ 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 his 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.