Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel, 1960
Mixed media work on Arches paper, hand-painted by the artist Initialed ‘M.CH’ and annotated ‘Bon’ in pencil An exceptionally vibrant proof of the second state, hand-painted by the artist. Annotated ‘Épreuve rehaussée par Chagall certifiée’ by Sorlier lower left, before the edition of 125 copies with text, and 50 copies signed and numbered. Created for the publication “47 Affiches d’Expositions” with preface by Julien Cain and original lithography by Chagall. Printed and published by Charles Sorlier at the Atelier Mourlot, Paris. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Comité Marc Chagall, n.04.2018.1196. Originally conceived as the frontispiece of an album of posters created at the Imprimerie Mourlot, Paris, this work creates a dream for the viewer, where the sky swirls around the sun and lovers take to the air for a world all their own. This work showcases Chagall’s vision of the French capital at its most romantic and beautiful. By 1911, at age 24, Chagall moved to Paris from Russia, thanks to a stipend of 40 rubles a month from Russia’s elective assembly, who had taken a liking to the young artist. When he arrived, he went directly to the Louvre to look at the famous works of art there. In time, he found a room at an artists’ commune near Montparnasse called La Ruche, living frugally. At La Ruche, Chagall rubbed shoulders with artists like Fernand Léger, Chaim Soutine, Amedeo Modigliani and Robert Delaunay. True to his nature as a storyteller, however, he seemed to have more in common with such writers as French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who described Chagall’s work as ”supernatural.” Many consider Chagall’s work during his stay in Paris his most boldly creative. Immersing himself in the then-prevalent trends of Cubism and Fauvism, he absorbed aspects of each into his own work.
Mourlot 187.II; Cramer no. 39
Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel
Mixed media work on Arches paper
Initialed ‘M.CH’ and annotated ‘Bon’ in pencil
25 3/4 x 19 13/16 in.