Marc Chagall (1887-1985)  - Etching « Bad subjects », rare trial proof
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Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Etching « Bad subjects », rare trial proof

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Rare trial proof of plate 4 of black only, undoubtedly unique, printed in the Lacourière-Frélaut workshop for the work by Jean Paulhan, « De mauvais sujets », published by the Bibliophiles of the French Union.

Created n 1958, this rare trial proof is hand-signed by Marc Chagall with his monogram « M. Ch. » in pencil at the bottom in the middle with the dry-stamp of the Bibliophiles of the French Union (BUF).

Talking about this book, Charles Sorlier declared: « When the book was published it was distributed among members of a bibliophile society and was not put on the market. As a result, it has become a collector's item of considerable value. »

The very first engravings by Marc Chagall appeared in this work. They perfectly illustrated the text by Jean Paulhan.

In this pleasant story, Jean Paulhan recalls himself as a little boy tormented by the vertigo of writing, namely: what is a subject? The delicate scenes, full of candour, inspire the taste for irony and the absurd dear to Chagall. With a completely new style, this fourth printing plate reveals a dreamlike world of extreme poetry. To which the printer Jacques Frélaut was without a doubt sensitive, working in this trial proof to anchor it in a way so subtle that it offers us a jubilant « author-illustrator » dialogue.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985)  - Etching « Bad subjects », rare trial proof
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  • Year: 1958
  • Artist: Marc Chagall
  • Sizes: 28 x 35.5 cm (Width x Height)
  • Sizes with frame: 43.5x51.5 cm


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