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Then the Boy displayed to the Dervish his Bosom by Marc Chagall

Gilden's Art Gallery (IFPDA)



Edition Size: 90

Image Size: 38 x 28.6 cm

Sheet Size: 43 x 33 cm

Reference: Mourlot 36, Cramer 18


Condition: Excellent

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MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887-1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes

Title: Then the Boy displayed to the Dervish his Bosom…, from: Four Tales from the Arabian Nights, 1948

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Laid Paper

Paper size: 43 x 33 cm. / 16.9 x 12.9 in.
Image size: 38 x 28.6 cm. / 15 x 11.3 in.

Additional Information: This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Marc Chagall” at the lower right margin.
It is also numbered in pencil from the edition of 90 and inscribed “pl. 1” at the lower left margin
The work is the 1st plate (of 12) from the Album “Four Tales from the Arabian Nights”.
This work was printed in 1948 in a limited edition of 90 signed and numbered impressions by Albert Carman, New York. It was published by Pantheon, New York.
There is a thirteenth composition which was only included in ten of the portfolios.

Note: Each composition illustrates a piece of text from one of four tales from the Arabian nights. This composition relates to the story of “Kamar al- Zaman and the Jewellers Wife”. The text from which the image was created is – “Then the boy displayed to the Dervish his bosom, saying, “Look at my breasts which be goodlier than the breasts of maidens and my lipdews are sweeter than sugar candy…”

1. Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1960). Chagall: The Lithographs I: 1922-1957 (Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Reference: Mourlot 36
2. Cramer, P. (1995). Marc Chagall: The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Geneva: Cramer
Reference: Cramer 18


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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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