1887 - 1985
Sur la terre des dieux
limited edition portfolio of lithographs
signed and editioned 'Exemplaire No.90', dated 1967-8 in graphite on the title page and editioned épreuve d'artiste and signed on each of the 10 lithographs
26 x 20 po, 66 x 50.8 cm
Estimation : $70,000 - $90,000
Vendu pour : $79,250
Exposition à : Heffel Toronto – 13 avenue Hazelton
Acquired directly from the Artist by Joseph Liverant (1894 - 1981)
By descent within the family to the present Private Estate
Fernand Mourlot and Charles Sorlier, The Lithographs of Chagall Volume III: 1962 - 1968, 1969, reproduced pages 144 - 153, listed page 179, catalogue #529 - 540
This lot consists of the complete set of ten signed and two unsigned lithographs in colours, with in- and hors-texte, title page, text in French, on Arches paper. An artist's proof (one of 25) from the edition of 145. Each sheet measures 25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches with full margins, loose (as issued), original paper wrappers and beige cloth-covered portfolio with printed title. Original lithographs printed by Mourlot, text by Fequet et Baudier, editor A.C. Mazo, Paris, 1967.
This folio is from the collection of Joseph Liverant, a friend of Marc Chagall. Mr. Liverant was born in Miedzyrzecz, Poland (then part of the Russian Empire) in 1894. He established a successful business in Germany but had to flee that country with the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. Fortunately, he was granted refugee status in Canada, where he used his natural flair for business to develop the international company that he had started in Europe. He was forever grateful for the opportunities that Canada gave him and, in appreciation of this, significant works from his art collection were donated to the National Gallery of Canada.
In semi-retirement, he had an apartment in Monaco and a second apartment in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France, not far from Chagall’s home near Saint Paul-de-Vence. Chagall and Liverant mixed in the same social circles and a warm friendship developed between them. The two men shared much in common. Both were multi-lingual Jewish ex-pats, were of a similar age, had many common interests and, of course, a love of art.
This work was acquired directly from the artist. After Mr. Liverant's death in 1981, it was passed to his wife Marguerite, and subsequently to her son, from whose estate this work is being sold.
Additional images of this work are available on request.
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