Bonjour Paris; Good Morning Paris


Chagall had two basic reputations, writes Lewis; one as a pioneer of modernism and the other as a major Jewish artist. He experienced Modernism’s “Golden Age” in Paris, where he “synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism." During his time in Paris, Chagall was constantly reminded of his home in Vitebsk, as Paris was also home to many painters, writers, poets, composers, dancers and other émigrés from the Russian Empire. Night after night he pained until dawn, only then going to bed for a few hours, and resisted the many temptations of the big city at night. “My homeland exists only in my soul,” he once said. He continued painting Jewish motifs and subjects from his memories of Vitebsk, although he included Parisian scenes, such as the Eiffel Tower in particular, along with portraits. “When Matisse dies,” Pablo Picasso remarked in the late 1950s, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.”  

Medium: Lithograph
Image size: 24 7/8  x  18  11/16  
Edition: Unnum./One of several proofs reserved for the artist
Printer: Mourlot
Publisher: Mourlot, Sorlier
Catalog ref: CS 132
Signature: Signed in the plate in green ink, numbered in pencil