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Création by Marc Chagall

Création by Marc Chagall

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Edition Size: edition of 50

Image Size: 94 x 69.9 cm

Sheet Size: 118.8 x 75.6 cm

Reference: M. 971


Condition: Excellent

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Lithograph, 1980, on Arches paper, signed in pencil, numbered from the edition of 50, published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, image: 94 x 69.9 cm. (37 x 23 ½ in), sheet: 118.8 x 75.6 cm. (46 ¾ x 29 ¾ in.)

Created towards the end of his life, this dynamic image comprises some of Chagall’s more well-known and loved compositional elements to create a surreal and dream-like vision and act as a reflection on his personal and artistic journey. The cockerel resting on the central figure’s shoulder is often thought to symbolise the artist’s alter-ego, while the horse is believed to have been used by the artist to represent himself. The work also features representations of figures significant to Chagall – the figure of the naked woman is believed to portray the artist’s first wife and childhood love, Bella, while the flying herring is thought to memorialise his father, who worked in a fish factory. Notably, Création is the only black and white work in this collection, perhaps due to its more introspective nature.


The Artist

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall began using printmaking techniques when he was 35 years old. He produced a lot of lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts while residing in Berlin, Germany, during the time. The art dealer Vollard hired Chagall in 1923 to illustrate the Bible, La Fontaine’s Fables, and The Dead Souls by Gogol.

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