People have collected autographs of notables for hundreds of years. The desire to have a personal memento from a famous and or important artist drives the collecting field. The top rung of the ladder, in terms of popularity, is a relatively small group of artists called icons. These are people who’s names and images stay with us, appearing with regularity in our culture. The 20th Century Masters such as Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Dali and more recently, Warhol fit this description.
The renowned French printer, Fernand Mourlot, printed many of the original posters for the most important artists of the day. In 1959 the studio printed the series Affiches Originales for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the original posters created for the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.
This very rare and desirable 1959 Mourlot poster, of which only 1500 were printed and only a handful known to have been signed, is an announcement for an exhibition, hosted by the Galerie Des Ponchettes of Chagall’s Serious Works to be held in the town of Ville de Nice, and has been hand signed by the artist, Marc Chagall.
A certificate of authenticity accompanies this work of art.