Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé
28 May 2015 - 13 Sep 2015
Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries
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A pioneer of modernism, Marc Chagall formulated his own symbolic system in which reverie and playfulness often reigned, presenting an ethereal, richly coloured vision of the world. The set of lithographs titled Daphnis & Chloé is considered Chagall’s most important graphic work. Through fanciful compositions and bright hues, the artist illustrates the pastoral idylls of the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé on the island of Lesbos, as recounted in a second-century Greek tale. These illustrations highlight Chagall’s unique style, setting him apart from the main 20th-century pictorial currents followed by some of his contemporaries, such as Matisse and Picasso. The exhibition presents, in chronological order, the entire series of 42 lithographs, as well as a title page adorned with a drawing by Chagall.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.
The Trampled Flowers, c. 1956 1961, printed 1961
colour lithograph on wove paper, 42 x 31.9 cm
Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
© Daphnis & Chloé, Acc. 29763.37; Mourlot 342
© SODRAC 2015 and ADAGP 2015, Chagall ®
Photo © NGC