Marc Chagall’s Daphnis and Chloe was commissioned by Teriade in 1956 to illustrate the ancient pastoral romance of Daphnis and Chloe. Chagall spent the next five years of his life, from 1956-1961, creating 42 color lithographs to visually narrate this classic tale. Marc Chagall’s Daphnis and Chloe coincides with Chagall’s second marriage to Valentina (Vava) Brodsky at a time of new beginnings and new romance for Chagall. On the newlyweds’ honeymoon to Greece, where they visited Delphi, Athens, and Poros, Chagall gathered inspiration for this series of color lithographs.
Both technically and aesthetically, Marc Chagall’s Daphnis and Chloe series is a resounding achievement. Each stunning Chagall color lithograph within this series was printed with 20-25 individual colors. From a technical standpoint, separately pulling 20-25 colors per print requires a vast amount of patience and precision. From an aesthetic viewpoint, the incorporation of a 20-25 vibrant colors within each Chagall lithograph inspires awe and brings each work to life.
Chagall’s Daphnis and Chloe is best known for Chagall’s use of color and his romantic, whimsical imagery. Renowned as a master of color, Chagall’s impressive skill shines through in these exquisite color lithographs. Reflective of his painterly style and rich color palette, Chagall’sDaphnis and Chloe is often considered one of his most important graphic series.