Marc Chagall

Four Tales from the Arabian Nights, Pantheon Books, New York, 1948 (Mourlot 36-47; Cramer books 18), 1948

The set of twelve signed and numbered lithographs in colors, hors-texte, title page and text, on laid paper, from an edition of 90 (there was also a deluxe edition of 10 in Roman numerals with an additional thirteenth lithograph), each plate annotated with plate number in pencil, with full margins, loose (as issued), original folded paper cover with title, original glacine wrappers with tie ribbons
Each: 17½ x 13¼ inches (44.5 x 33.7 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
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Marc Chagall, a renowned Russian-French artist of the 20th century, is celebrated for his unique and imaginative approach to art, often blending elements of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism. Chagall's work is characterized by a vibrant and dreamlike quality, with a whimsical and poetic touch that sets him apart from his contemporaries. In 1948, Chagall created a remarkable portfolio of artworks titled "Tales from the Arabian Nights," which was published by Pantheon Books in New York. This portfolio, consisting of 12 lithographs, demonstrates Chagall's mastery in capturing the essence of the exotic and fantastical tales from the Arabian Nights.

Chagall's "Tales from the Arabian Nights" is a visual feast of color and emotion. The lithographs transport viewers to the enchanting world of Scheherazade's storytelling, bringing to life the magic and wonder of the stories. Chagall's distinctive use of color and form imbues the characters and scenes with a sense of mystique and otherworldliness. His interpretation of these classic tales is both timeless and modern, making the stories accessible to a new generation of readers and art enthusiasts. The portfolio, with its intricate details and poetic compositions, showcases Chagall's ability to weave a narrative through visual art, making it a true gem in his extensive body of work.

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