The Ceiling of the Paris Opera: Sketch for Firebird (Paris Opera Ceiling)

ARTIST: Marc Chagall

TITLE: Sketch for Firebird (Paris Opera Ceiling)

YEAR: c. 1963

MEDIUM: Color Lithograph

IMAGE SIZE: 9.5′ x 13′

SIGNATURE: Unsigned image

EDITION: From the book ‘The Ceiling of the Paris Opera,’ by Jacques Lassaigne, Published by Imprimerie du Lion, Paris, France,1966. Lithograph engraved by Charles Solier after the original sketches by Marc Chagall. Lithograph printed by Mourlot Freres. CONDITION: Excellent


About the Art

This is a color lithograph after an original gouache that was a study for a section of the Paris Opera ceiling. In 1963, Chagall received the commission to redo the ceiling of the Paris Opera House. For the project, he combined scenes and characters from the most beloved operas and plays. Chagall chose to translate many of his works into color lithographs because it allowed him the freedom to work directly on the plate and work with vibrant colors.

Chagall was a versatile artist who worked in almost every medium. In his work he fused multiple artistic styles with symbols from his Jewish heritage.


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Shipping Details

Weight 8.4 lbs
Dimensions 18.5 x 21 x 3 in