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Marc Chagall – Original Lithograph 1965
Limited edition print from the deluxe publication ‘Le Plafond de L’Opéra de Paris’
* Original lithograph after a gouache by Chagall
* The lithograph was pulled by Chagall’s master printer, Charles Sorlier
* From the deluxe publication ‘Le Plafond de L’Opéra de Paris’
  (Ceiling of Paris opera)

* Limited edition publication of 5,000 only
* Printed on Vélin paper
* Text on verso as issued
* Published by André Sautre, Paris 1965
* Over ready to frame size 13.4 x 10″ (33.5 x 25 cm)
* Ready to frame highly collectible print

The ceiling of the Opéra Garnier in Paris was completely renovated and re-imagined in 1964 at the urging of Minister of Culture at that time. Marc Chagall was entrusted with painting 2,400 square feet of frescoes. The opera’s new ceiling was widely decried and contested when it was unveiled to the public on September 23, 1964, and the work at this iconic Paris opera house continues to elicit curiosity and stir passions.
It took Chagall a year to successfully complete this imposing work and it stands out for its luminous colors and myriad details. On closer inspection, you can see discern winged characters, quintessential Parisian buildings and monuments like the Arc de Triomphe, and musical instruments.
The ceiling of the Opéra Garnier pays homage to 14 major composers of opera and lyrical music, as well as their oeuvres. Marc Chagall, assisted by Roland Bierge, Paul Versteeg and Jules Paschal, found his way into the history of art in Paris. The feat is even more impressive in light of his advanced age: he was 77 years old when the ceiling at the Opéra Garnier was painted. In addition, the gesture was an unselfish offering as Chagall, inspired by the scale of the task and the mark it would leave on the world, declined to be paid a salary for the work!

An original fine art lithograph is not just a cheap mass produced print.
The process is far more complicated and therefore valuable and collectible. In short, Lithography is a method of printing using a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a completely smooth surface to which the design & ink is applied. A limited edition lithograph is an original graphic created by the artist in a small print edition or run. The process of printmaking requires a balance of creativity and skill using traditional techniques. It’s the amount of impressions 'pulled' from each 'plate' or stone that gives each print its scarcity. Because of the unique history of each item, collectible prints often appreciate in value over time due to their rarity and age. 
This makes them an excellent investment!

Please note that the photos do not do the Artwork justice, as it much nicer in real life! Please do not hesitate to mail me for more photos or descriptions as required. Also note that these Prints are Vintage and so they are not brand new. By their nature there may be signs of handling or in some cases slight foxing. 



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