Sale: 373 / Rare Books including Marine Art, Nov. 22. 2010 in Hamburg Lot 115

 
Marc Chagall - Shakespeare: The tempest (1975)

115
Marc Chagall
Shakespeare: The tempest (1975)
Estimate:
€ 5,000 / $ 5,500
Sold:
€ 4,800 / $ 5.280

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Chagall. - Shakespeare, [W.], The tempest. Mit 50 (31 ganzseit.) Orig.-Lithographien von M. Chagall. (Monte-Carlo), A. Sauret (1975). Lose Lagen in OPp.-Decke und OPgt.-Kassette mit goldgepr. Deckeltitel. Folio.

Cramer 97. - Mourlot 846-895. - Sorlier S. 144. - Monod 10310. - 1 von 250 arab. num. Exemplaren (GA 270) auf Vélin d'Arches à la forme, Druckvermerk vom Künstler signiert. - Chagalls letzte Auftragsarbeit als Buchillustrator. "In 1974, Raymond Levy, who runs the French publishing house Editions André Sauret, asked Chagall if he would consent to illustrate Shakespeare's famous comedy The Tempest . Such a delightful combination of poetry, fantasy and mythology was an obvious choice for the Russian artist, especially as he was familiar with Shakespeare's text. However, because of his strong admiration for the British poet and because he was afraid he might fail to serve him, he hesitated a long time before accepting the proposition .. Owing to the fact he had so much research material, he decided not to do any preliminary studies. Between March and May 1975, the artist produced fifty drawings on tracing paper. They were transferred onto zinc plates in Mourlot's atelier in Paris. After the first trial proofs had been pulled, the plates were sent back to Saint-Paul-de-Vence so that Chagall could retouch his work." (Sorlier S. 17f.) - "Wie bereits bei der Bibel, versteht es Chagall, aus dem Sturm diese zwiespältigen Doppelpersonen zu ziehen, die seine Malerei seit jeher bewohnen, Männer und Frauen zu mischen, Gut und Böse durcheinanderzubringen, Freude und Leid in dieser Welt als unerbittliches Paar nebeneinander hergehen zu lassen .. Für Chagall wie für Shakespeare gilt jedoch nichtsdestoweniger, daß jeder Versuch einer Klassifizierung zu einer wahren Verarmung des Textes oder der Malerei führt, und daß der faszinierende Charakter beider Werke in dieser Vielfalt von Eingebungen und Anspielungen liegt." (Mourlot V, 111). - Kassette geringfüg. beschabt.

1 of 250 numb. copies (compl. print run 270) on Velin d'Arches à la forme, imprint signed by the artist. 50 (31 fullpage) orig. lithographs. Loose sheet in cardboard covers and in orig. vellum casing. - Chagall's last commission work as a book illustrator. - Case with minor scrapes.

115
Marc Chagall
Shakespeare: The tempest (1975)
Estimate:
€ 5,000 / $ 5,500
Sold:
€ 4,800 / $ 5.280

(incl. 20% surcharge)