Title: Place de la Concorde (s.8770, 8808, 8966)
Medium: Original lithograph, 1961, on wove paper (the full sheet printed to the edges) unsigned and unnumbered as issued.
Size: 390 x 300 mms (Image & Paper size)
References: Mourlot 353
Hatje: “Marc Chagall, The Lithographs” Number 353
Patrick Cramer “Marc Chagall, Catalogue Raisonne de livres illustres” Number 43
Edition: 180 copies
Notes: “Paris, my heart’s reflection, I would like to blend with it, not to be alone with myself.”
“I whiled away my days at the Place de la Concorde or round the Jardin du Luxembourg, plucking leaves and looking at Danton and Watteau. Oh! If only, astride the stone chimera of Notre Dame, I could forge a pathway across the heavens. Paris, to me you are a second Vitebsk!” –Marc Chagall
This was part of a portfolio entitled “Regards sur Paris” (Gerard Bauer and various authors). Ten writers - all members of the Academie Goncourt - contributed essays to this book which presents the different sights and scenes of Paris. Each text is illustrated by a different artist with 2 full page and 1 double page Lithograph. Chagall’s contributions were:
La Place de la Concorde (This present example) , Le Bateau Mouche au bouquet, Quai de la Tourelle
This work is in many ways typical of Chagall’s oeuvre. Behind the brilliant colours are figures flying in the air reminiscent of farmyard scenes from his native Russia. The architectural scene of the Place de la Concorde can be seen below.
Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, France
Published by : Andre Sauret, Paris. From "Regards sur Paris”.
Provenance: An ex Employee of Mourlot Freres, the printer.