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  • The Frogs Asking For A King

The Frogs Who Asked For A King by Marc Chagall


One of only 15 rare original H.C. (hors commerce) etchings

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

21 x 18 inches beautifully framed



The Frogs Who Asked For A King – Les Grenoouilles Qui Desirent Un Roi

This original etching, an illustration for The Fables of La Fontaine was created by Marc Chagall for Ambroise Vollard between 1927 and 1930. The etching was published by Teriade, Paris in 1952 and is acknowledged as one of the finest examples of twentieth century book illustration –  and recognized as one of Chagall’s  best masterworks.

The Frogs, tired of Democrats and aspiring to a Monarchy, asked the gods for a king – the gods out of pity dropped down a log. The Frogs gathered in a mob with loud complaints about this log that did nothing but sit all day. Their voices grew louder and bolder. Deafened by the din, Jupiter sent down a crane who began to gobble up the frogs. About this the Frogs complained even louder. Jupiter’s response was… Be Careful What You Wish For!

This work of art is one of only 15 rare Hors Commerce examples of this fine etching on a clean unblemished sheet of Montval  paper, which boasts a clear, bold signature by Marc Chagall. Hors Commerce, in French means, Not For Sale.

The etching has been framed by our own award winning framing division using all archival materials.

This work of art is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 27 × 23 × 5 in