"One of my first treats arriving in Paris last Fall was to play the Brandenburg Concertos with the Paris Opera Orchestra at Opera Garnier, under the beautiful ceiling painted by Marc Chagall. This poster is beautiful, signed by the artist, and printed by Mourlot, a highly regarded printer. A no-brainer." -Blaise
Lithograph printed in colors on Arches wove paper with text, 1966, signed in black crayon and numbered 130 /150 in white lower right (there was also an edition of 200 without text and a poster edition of 3,000). Printed by Mourlot, Paris, published by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York. 40 x 26 inch sheet, 40.75 x 27 inch frame. Literature: See Charles A. Riley II, Art at Lincoln Center, p. 129; "Chagall's Posters, A Catalogue Raisonne" by Charles Sorlier page 108.
Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the Vera List Art Poster program for the American Federation of the Arts, this is a superb impression of the first version of this subject, from the edition of 150 with printed text, numbered in white crayon lower right, published on Arches watermarked paper with deckled edges, created for the opening of George Bizet's opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House. There were also, separately, 200 signed and numbered impressions of the second version without the poster text printed on Arches wove aside from the more commonly seen regular edition of 3000, which was unsigned and on poster paper. Transcribed by Charles Sorlier from Chagall’s maquette for “The Triumph of Music” (Chagall’s mural which is still on exhibit at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York) with the annotation “D’APRES MARC CHAGALL – CH. SORLIER GRAV.” added to the stone lower left. Published by Editions of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; printed at Atelier Mourlot, Paris, bearing its credit line on the stone lower right.
Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Catalog: Mourlot CS39; Chagall’s Posters Catalogue Raisonné p. 108.