CHAGALL
Cirque
CHAGALL

Teriade, Paris, 1967
The color lithographs in Cirque are large and striking, evoking the true excitement of the circus. There were 270 copies released, 13x17 inches, the images being full-page. Fewer copies became available because the lithographs were in great demand as individual prints, and therefore removed from the books by art dealers and sold separately. All the books illustrated by Chagall reached values not achieved by most other far more important Modern Illustrated Books. As in the case of Rouault, previously mentioned, the Japanese art boom catapulted these books to unreasonable financial heights, later to plummet. Other magnificent books with color illustrations by Chagall are Daphnis et Chloe, Tales from the Arabian Nights and the Story of Exodus. The important books in black and white, part of each edition hand-colored and all containing over one hundred large etchings are The Bible, Les Ames Mortes and The Fables of La Fontaine.







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