Height: 10 in
Width: 7.75 in
By the time he made Nature morte brune, Chagall had already achieved international fame in printmaking, having won the graphics prize for his etchings shown in the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 1948. Two years later, he immersed himself in lithography at the Paris workshops of Fernand Mourlot. Chagall reveled in lithography’s potential to produce prints with a color range as large as paintings. He tested different color combinations by running uncolored lithographs and then painting directly onto the images with pastels or watercolors. When the combination achieved his pictorial aims, he prepared the plates to print with multiple colors. The style of this lithograph bears similarities to Chagall’s contemporary gouaches, some of which were studies for other lithographic series.