• Prints & Multiples auction at Christies

    Sale 2215

    Prints & Multiples

    27 - 28 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 48

    MARC CHAGALL

    Création (M. 971)

    Price Realised  

    MARC CHAGALL
    Création (M. 971)
    lithograph, 1980, on Arches, signed in pencil, numbered 29/50, published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, with full margins, in very good condition
    L. 37 x 23½ in. (940 x 597 mm.)
    S. 46½ x 29¾ in. (1181 x 756 mm.)


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    Near the end of Marc Chagall's life, he was approached by his publisher at Maeght Editeur to create a set of 14 prints. Today, these works are known as The Fourteen Large Lithographs of 1980, or The Fourteen. In each work, Chagall presented the iconic subjects from his oeuvre in his hallmark vibrant colors, except for the first subject, Création, for which he felt that the drawing was sufficuently strong to not require color. He executed these works on a scale that utilized the maximum dimensions of the press used by the master printer, Charles Sorlier. When the works were completed, Chagall was quite ill and advanced in age. For this reason, these works became the final prints to be edited by the artist. Given their scale, subject, and significance, The Fourteen are some of the most sought after lithographs by the artist and rarely have so many works from the series appeared together for sale.