Couple in Front of a Tree
"Couple in Front of a Tree" by Marc Chagall
Signed Lithograph printed in 1971 from an edition size of 25.
The overall size of the Lithograph is 24 x 19.25 inches.
The condition of this piece has been graded as B-: Good Condition, Signs of Handling and Age.
About the Print
Signed and Numbered out of 25 in pencil by Marc Chagall. Lithograph printed by Mourlot on Arches paper. The text on the poster reads "Village Suisse D'Enfants en Israel-Kiriath Yearim". #129 in 'Chagall's Posters' book by Charles Sorlier.Chagall's early life left him with a "powerful visual memory and a pictorial intelligence". After living in France and experiencing the atmosphere of artistic freedom, his "vision soared and he created a new reality, one that drew on both his inner and outer worlds." But it was the images and memories of his early years in Belarus that would sustain his art for more than 70 years.
About the Artist
Erté, by the name of Romain de Tirtoff (born November 23, 1892, St. Petersburg, Russia—died April 21, 1990, Paris, France) fashion illustrator of the 1920s and creator of visual spectacle for French music-hall revues. His designs included dresses and accessories for women; costumes and sets for opera, ballet, and dramatic productions; and posters and prints.
Erté was brought up in St. Petersburg. In 1912 he went to Paris, where he briefly collaborated with Parisian couturier Paul Poiret. He then became acostume designer and began selling his pen-and-ink and gouache fashion illustrations to American fashion houses. From 1916 to 1937 he was under contract to the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. (A collection of Harper’s Bazaar illustrations was published in Designs by Erté  with text by Stella Blum.) His highly stylized illustrations depicted models in mannered poses draped in luxurious jewels, feathers, and soft, flowing materials against a background of interiors in the Art Decostyle.
The same lavish style marked Erté’s theatrical designs. For 35 years he designed elaborately structured opening tableaus, finale scenes, and costumes for the French theatre. He worked for the Folies-Bergère in Paris from 1919 to 1930. During the 1920s he costumed the performers appearing in such American musical revues as the Ziegfeld Follies and George White’s Scandals. In the 1960s Erté produced lithographs, serigraphs, and sheet-metal sculptures. His autobiography, Things I Remember, was published in 1975.