Monday, 21 September 2015

Gilden’s Arts Gallery is pleased to present a special piece by Marc Chagall:

  The Red Boot

The Red Boot, 1965

This special monotype was printed in 1965  and it belong to an outstanding group of 306 monotypes that were executed in collaboration with Gerald Cramer and the printer Jacques Frelaut. It was Cramer, his Swiss publisher, to introduce Chagall at this technique in 1961.

An exhibition of examples from that body of works was presented at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York between November 1979 and January 1980. Riva Castlemain, Director of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the MOMA, interestingly noted at the time that "This exhibition is about the creative interaction of three devoted people".

This work, The Red Boot, has many typical aspects of iconography of this artist such as the couple, the Bouquet and the child.


Monotype is a printmaking technique in which an un-worked metal plate is drawn on using ink and then pressed against a piece of paper. Usually, the ink will last for one strong and one weak impression – creating an ‘original drawing’ and a printed edition of one (hence the name).

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Artist: MARC CHAGALL 1887-1985
Title: The Red Boot / La Botte Rouge, 1965
Technique: Original Hand Signed Oil Monotype on Japan nacré paper
Paper Size: 56.5 x 44 cm / 22.2 x 17.3 in
Image Size: 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in
Additional Information: This colour monotype is hand signed with black ink, "Marc Chagall" at the lower left corner of the image.
The work was painted with Oil paint on a copper plate by Chagall and then it was pulled on paper by Jacques Frelaut in 1965. This work is a unique piece.
This monotype is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Patrick Cramer, the internationally recognized expert for Chagall's Monotypes. Patrick Cramer was himself present when many of Chagall Monotypes were created.

- Galerie Patrick Cramer, Geneva, Switzerland. 19th November - 21st January 2011.
- Bouquinerie de l'institut, Paris, France. 20th October - 23rd December 2011.

Provenance: The Estate of Marc Chagall
Literature :Cramer Gerald, Marc Chagall Monotypes 1966 - 1975 Volume 1.
Reference: Cramer 143, p 49, Illustrated

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