JKS Gallery



CHA 0083

Boris Goudonov – Moussorsky

Original Stone Lithograph after sketch
put on the stone by Charles Sorlier and
printed by Mourlot Frères Paris 1961
for “Le Plafond de l’Opéra de Paris”
published by André Sauret Montecarlo 1961

unsigned – undated – printed on the back
perfect condition 
sheet mm. 327×243

SKU: CHA 0083



The story goes that it is becoming aware of the somewhat sad character of the Opera Garnier room that André Malraux, French Minister of Culture, asked his friend Marc Chagall, who at that time worked on the windows of the Jerusalem Synagogue and of which he was great admirer, to make a new ceiling. Chagall had already worked for the world of opera and ballet with the creation of sets and costumes for “The Firebird”, “Daphnis and Chloé” or “The Magic Flute”. Created in one year, this ceiling brings together everything that “makes” Chagall: colors, abundance of winged figures, flowers, musical instruments …    The fresco pays homage to fourteen composers and their works. To design this ceiling, Chagall produced about fifty sketches, in various techniques (pencil, ink, gouache, felt-tip pen, collage) and two final models, one of which will be used to create the final canvas (a model of one square meter and half which was then expanded to its final size of 220m²). A job that at 77 will not do alone. Three assistant painters accompany him in his task: Roland Bierge, Jules Paschal and Paul Versteeg. During its presentation, the fresco elicited many comments which were not always favorable. For some Chagall, Malraux’s favorite, he would get rich behind the French taxpayers. But for this ceiling, the painter received no compensation.