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Les Deux Rives by Marc Chagall

Les Deux Rives by Marc Chagall

Shapero Modern

Colour Lithograph


Edition Size: edition of 50

Image Size: 94 x 69 cm

Sheet Size: 115.6 x 75.6 cm

Reference: M.974


Condition: Excellent

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Lithograph in colours, 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: 115.6 x 75.6 cm. (45 ½ x 29 ¾ in.)

‘Les Deux Rives’ depicts a dream-like Parisian landscape. From the height and centrality of the bridge, one can view the iconic Seine River flowing between the two banks, or ‘les deux rives’. Flowing across the city, the Seine separates Paris into the Rive Droite and Rive Gauche, the right and left banks. Having spent the formative and central years of his artistic career in Paris, from 1910-14 and again from 1923-40, Chagall became captivated with its beauty and featured aspects of the city extensively in his works. The human and animal figures in this piece are typical of Chagall’s imagery and predominantly recur throughout his work. The artist’s first wife and childhood love, Bella, was also the subject of many works, believed to be represented in the image of the lovers, while the horse is often thought to have been used by the artist to represent himself.


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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