In the Land of the Gods (M.539
226869 Chagall, Marc In the Land of the Gods (Sur la Terre des Dieux) They all poured libations from their burning cups, and wished the bridegroom all manner of happiness. Sappho 1967 M. 539 17'' x 12 1/2'' Lithograph in color on Arches wove paper. Signed in pencil, lower right. From the numbered edition of 75 (aside from the lettered edition of A-Y, an edition of 25 artist's proofs numbered in Roman numerals on Velin de Arches paper, and an edition of 20 on Japon paper in Roman numeral.) From the total edition of 145 printed by Mourlot, Paris. Published by A.C. Mazo, Paris, 1967. The oeuvre, Sur la Terre des Dieux, is composed of twelve illustrations. Chagall traveled to Greece in the 1950's to work on the book "Daphnis and Chloe". His experience provided a turning point in his career in that it established radiant light as the all-important element of his compositions. Years later, Chagall's devotion to Greece crystallized in the twelve lithographs that comprise "In the Land of the Gods". Inspired by verses from the great poets and playwrights of antiquity, these boldly colorful prints do not only illustrate the text, but also serve as a testament of what Greece represented to Chagall: a celebration of light, love and timeless beauty, where myths and metaphors are brought to life by his use of rich, transparent color and playful, romantic imagery. The Greek poet held a special place in the lore of mythology. For even the Titans did not create the Olympians from nothing; but, from "Chaos" which was a physical maelstrom. The Greek poet, on the other hand could create something from nothing - taking a blank tablet to create words which were not scribed before. Sappho was an ancient Greek poet who infused her works with intense emotions; especially, of love, desire, longing, and their companion, suffering. She crafted her opems primarily as a tribute to the private world of women which were generally excluded in Greek literature. Her "romantic' poems transcended her subject with such a moving , insightful, and poignant power, that her poems are relevant today. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, played a significant role in many of Sappho's poems. In honor of her contributions to Greek poetry and music, Sappho is sometimes referred to as the "tenth muse".
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