1887 - 1985
limited edition portfolio of lithographs
signed in graphite and editioned 28 on the justification page
16 3/4 x 12 3/4 po, 42.5 x 32.4 cm
Estimation : $3,000 - $4,000
Vendu pour : $4,375
Exposition à : Heffel Montréal
Acquired directly from the Artist by Joseph Liverant (1894 - 1981)
By descent within the family to the present Private Estate
Charles Sorlier, Chagall Lithographs V 1974 - 1979, 1984, reproduced pages 112 - 126, listed page 248, catalogue #846 - 895
This lot presents the complete portfolio, comprising 50 lithographs, with accompanying text by William Shakespeare, and signed in pencil on the justification page. It is numbered 28 from the edition of 250, published by Editions André Sauret, Monte-Carlo in 1975, on Arches wove paper, the full sheets, and contained in the original parchment-covered portfolio.
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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