The first thing you see when you look at the lithograph FEMME AU BOUQUET (WOMEN WITH BOUQUET) are the beautiful contrasting warm reds, oranges, blues and greens. Marc Chagall’s masterful application of color is always a treat to behold.
PABLO PICASSO once confided in his mistress Françoise Gilot: ‘When Matisse dies, Marc Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color is… Some of the latest things he’s done in Vence convince me that there’s been nobody since RENOIR who has the feeling for light that Chagall has.’
MARC CHAGALL, in fact, outlived both HENRI MATISSE and Pablo Picasso, dying in 1985 at the ripe old age of 97, one of the last of the generation of great modern artists. But Pablo Picasso, normally so loath to give any credit to a fellow painter, was right. It is his color which makes Marc Chagall so special.
Marc Chagall traveled frequently in France after the First World War, particularly along the Côte d’Azur. Here, he found landscapes, vegetation, and colors that were foreign to him. He wrote later in his life that ‘there, in the south, for the first time in my life, I saw that rich greenness – the like of which I had never seen in my own country.’
However, Marc Chagall did not overuse the application of colors. He would only have a few main colors in each piece that he professionally blended to create a magnificent painting. This restraint and simple use of color magnified his ability to express himself through his art.
FEMME AU BOUQUET (WOMEN WITH BOUQUET) from the Nice and the Cote d’ Azur portfolio (1967) is by Charles Sorlier after Marc Chagall. Femme au Bouquet (Women with Bouquet) was engraved by Charles Sorlier under the direction of Marc Chagall. The lithograph is hand signed in pencil by Marc Chagall. Femme au Bouquet (Women with Bouquet) is an edition of 139 out of 150. For more information about Charles Sorlier, Marc Chagall, or Femme au Bouquet (Women with Bouquet), please contact the gallery. Call for Value