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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 forty-two lithographs entitled Daphnis & Chloé illustrates a famous classical fable written by the Greek poet Longus in the second century. Chagall expresses the pastoral idylls of the young goatherd Daphnis and the young shepherdess Chloé on the Greek island of Lesbos through fanciful compositions and bright hues. Because of the technical mastery involved in their production and the exquisite results achieved, Chagall’s vibrant illustrations are considered his most important works among his vast graphic production. These lithographs highlight Chagall’s unique style and set him apart from the main 20th-century pictorial currents followed by some of his contemporaries, such as Matisse and Picasso.
The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.
Marc Chagall, Lamon’s and Dryas’s Dream, Daphnis et Chloé, 1961, Acc. # 29763.5; Mourlot 311.Colour lithograph on wove paper, 41.8 x 31.9 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant. © SODRAC 2013 and ADAGP 2013, Chagall ®. Photo © NGC