Lot 137* - A194 Books - Wednesday, 23. September 2020, 02.00 PM
"The idea of devoting a serie of printed graphics to the subject of the circus stemmed from the publisher and art dealer Ambroise Vollard [...]. Vollard was an impassioned circus-goer; he possessed his own box in the Cirque d'Hiver in PAris and often took the artist there with him. In 1936, he commissioned Georges Rouault with the production of circus graphics (André Suarès - Georges Rouault. Le Cirque de l'Étoile Filante. Paris, Vollard, 1938). Chagall executed preparatory gouaches for his circus series in the late 1920s. After Vollard's death in 1939, however, the project itself was not further pursued, although artistes and and other circus motifs frequently appeared in Chagall's paintings and printed graphics. It was the publisher Tériade, with whom the artist had been on very close terms since the end of the 1940s, who encouraged him to complete the cycle. Chagall thus resumed work on the circus series in 1962, using the already existing gouaches." (Chagall, The Lithographs - La Collection Sorlier, p. 216).
CHF 70 000 / 90 000
€ 61 400 / 78 950
Sold for CHF 97 900 (including buyer’s premium)
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