"After The Winter" Original Lithograph by Marc Chagall, 1972
An original double page lithograph by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) titled "After The Winter", Derrière le Miroir No 198, page 14 and 15, 1972. This lithograph comes from "Derrière le Miroir". Derrière le Miroir is a French art magazine created in 1946 and published until 1982. Published by Maeght, Paris. Reference number 651 in ‘Lithographs IV, 1969-1973", Mourlot & Sorlier. Sheet size: 15" x 22". Image size: 13.5" x 18.5". Mint condition. Full margins, no creases or foxing.
In October 1945 the French art dealer Aimé Maeght opens his art gallery at 13 Rue de Téhéran in Paris. His beginning coincides with the end of Second World War and the return of a number of exiled artists back to France.
The magazine was created in October 1946 (n°1) and published without interruption until 1982 (n°253). Its original articles and illustrations (mainly original color lithographs by the gallery artists) were famous at the time.
The magazine covered only the artists exhibited by Maeght gallery either through personal or group exhibitions. Among them are (in alphabetical order): Henri-Georges Adam, Pierre Alechinsky, Bacon, Jean Bazaine, Georges Braque, Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Roger Chastel, Eduardo Chillida, Alberto Giacometti, Vassily Kandinsky, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Léger, Lindner, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Jacques Monory, Pablo Palazuelo, Paul Rebeyrolle, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Saul Steinberg, Pierre Tal-Coat, Antoni Tapies, Raoul Ubac, Bram van Velde.
Among the authors publishing essays and poems are (in alphabetical order): Guillaume Apollinaire, Marcel Arland, André Balthazar (fr), Yves Bonnefoy, André du Bouchet, André Breton, Joan Brossa, Jean Cassou, René Char, Pierre Descargues (fr), Jacques Dupin, Georges Duthuit (fr), Frank Elgar (fr), Claude Esteban, Charles Estienne, André Frénaud (fr), Stanislas Fumet (fr), Jean Grenier, Marcel Jouhandeau, Jacques Kober (fr), Michel Leiris, Georges Limbour, Henri Maldiney (fr), Jean Paulhan, Gaëtan Picon, Francis Ponge, Jacques Prévert, Raymond Queneau, Pierre Reverdy, Michel Seuphor, Jean Tardieu, Lionello Venturi, Pierre Volboudt, Christian Zervos.
Following the death of Aimé Maeght in September 1981, the Derrière le Miroir n°250 was designed as a tribute to the work of Aimé Maeght and his wife Marguerite (who had died before him in 1977). This special 112-pages issue was named "Hommage à Aimé et Marguerite Maeght" and was intended to be the last one. As it summarises all contents of the previous issues, it was finalised only in August 1982. In the meantime, n° 251 to 253 (the very last number) were published respectively in February, May and June 1982.
Marc Chagall was a Belorussian-born French artist whose work generally was based on emotional association rather than traditional pictorial fundamentals. Marc Chagall was born in Belarus in 1877 and developed an early interest in art. After studying painting, in 1907 he left Russia for Paris, where he lived in an artist colony on the city’s outskirts. Fusing his own personal, dreamlike imagery with hints of the fauvism and cubism popular in France at the time, Chagall created his most lasting work—including I and the Village (1911)—some of which would be featured in the Salon des Indépendants exhibitions. After returning to Vitebsk for a visit in 1914, the outbreak of WWI trapped Chagall in Russia. He returned to France in 1923 but was forced to flee the country and Nazi persecution during WWII. Finding asylum in the U.S., Chagall became involved in set and costume design before returning to France in 1948. In his later years, he experimented with new art forms and was commissioned to produce numerous large-scale works. Chagall died in St.-Paul-de-Vence in 1985.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 13½ in | WIDTH: 18½ in
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