Chagall endorsed this check written to him from the New York Metropolitan Opera Association. He has signed on verso, “Marc Chagall,” amidst several bank stamps. Paired with post card photograph of Chagall by Halsman. Suitable for framing.
In 1964, the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City commissioned Marc Chagall to design the stage sets and costumes for its first production of Mozart’s beloved opera, "Die Zauberflöte [The Magic Flute].” In the following three years, the artist created 13 large curtains, 26 small curtains, and 121 costumes and masks. The Met also commissioned Chagall to create two enormous murals for the Grand Tier lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House’s new home in Lincoln Center in 1966. The murals are titled, “The Triumph of Music” and “The Sources of Music.” In 2009, the Met Opera put up both Chagall murals as collateral on a loan. "Die Zauberflöte " was the new opera house's eighth new production in its inaugural year, premiering on February 19, 1967. Our Metropolitan Opera bank check bears no notation indicating the reason for payment, but we surmise the check relates to Chagall's work on Mozart's opera or the murals.