Romeo and Juliet


Only a few have surfaced in the past decade on the market in this condition. This promotional Affiche was printed for the Office of French Tourism. It was created “after” a painting for the Paris opera house ceiling. Andre Malraux, the French Minister in charge of Cultural Affairs, commissioned the piece in 1964. The composition is a detail of a preliminary sketch of the ceiling of the Paris opera house and includes the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. This fragment is a tribute to Berlioz for Romeo and Juliet. Chagall worked on the enormous undertaking of illustrating the opera house from January to July, 1964. He painted a surface approximately 720 square.ft. This beautiful lithograph is one of his most important contributions to lithography and a very scarce item. 

Year: 1964
Medium: Lithograph
Image size: 26 x 40 in
Edition:  5000
Printer: Mourlot
Publisher: Mourlot, Paris
Catalog ref: CS 96
Signature: Unsigned