SIGNED BY CHAGALL, WITH TWO ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS
(CHAGALL, Marc) CAIN, Julien and SORLIER, Charles. Lithographe 1962-1968. (France): Andre Sauret, (1969). Folio, original beige cloth, original dust jacket (itself an original lithograph), original acetate. $3500.
First edition, French issue of the third volume of the catalogue raisonné of Chagall's lithographs, with two original lithographs (including the dust jacket), signed by Chagall on the title page. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and friend of Chagall.
"Chagall's emblematic irrationality shook off all outside influences: color governed his compositions, calling up chimerical processions of memory where reality and the imaginary are woven into a single legend, born in Vitebsk and dreamed in Paris" (Dictionary of Modern Art). For Chagall, the medium of lithography did not come easily. Printer Fernand Mourlot ran a lithography press where such greats as Braque, Matisse, Picasso, Miró and Chagall came to have their designs printed and to learn about this still nascent print-making process. "For many long months Chagall came and worked tirelessly, and his dissatisfaction allowed him to have only a few of his first attempts printed" (Sorlier, 45). Published simultaneously in English and French. Gauss, 391. Freitag 1914. Cramer 77. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and close friend of Chagall. Liverant and Chagall both fled Europe in World War II, Liverant to Canada and Chagall to the United States. After the war, both acquired residences in Provence, where shared social circles, similar ages, and a mutual love of Yiddish combined to forge a lasting bond of friendship between the two.