Where to begin? I guess my recent visit to Shanghai is as good as any place to start. I felt like Marco Polo embarking on his first voyage to Asia! For my western eyes, the sights, the sounds and the density of hundreds of skyscrapers was a remarkable experience. If I had access to the H.G. Wells’ time machine and could journey back in time to the late 1800s, I might have witnessed the same dynamic growth that occurred in New York, Chicago, or any other great American city.
After nearly five decades as a fine art dealer, I have come to the conclusion that there is no greater joy for me than to share my passion for art and expertise with new audiences internationally. I count my blessings each and every time that I get the opportunity to share the magic of 19th Century French Painting, particularly the treasures from the Barbizon School.
Over his century-spanning career, Mark Chagall managed to achieve a near universal appeal. Daphnis & Chloe, is regarded as his crowning glory and testament to the graphic arts. In fact, by most experts it is considered the single most important and complex color Lithographic undertaking by any artist ever. The unrestricted use of color combined with romantic symbolism establishes this magnificent series of lithographs as a supreme artistic achievement by Chagall.
As part of our winter exhibition for Marc Chagall, Galerie Michael is proud to present two extremely rare trial proofs titled Les Fiances aux deux Bouquets, created in 1963 by Chagall’s hand at the Atelier Mourlot. Printed and mounted on waxed oak,these large folding panels personify the dreamy romanticism of the artist’s golden years in Paris with the love of his life Bella.