Marc Chagall

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Gouache, pastel, coloured crayons and China ink on paper
25.2 x 18.5 in.
Rs. 3,00,20,000 - 3,79,20,000
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₹ 3,26,91,780

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Signed & Dated : Bottom Left

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Provenance : The estate of the artist.
Moderne Kunst Teil I, Galerie Kornfeld Auktionen AG, Switzerland, June 2017.
Private collection, Paris.

Artwork Size

Height of the figure - 6ft

about artist

Marc Chagall was born in July 1887 in Moyshe Segal, now Belarus, and went on to study art in St. Petersburg at the age of 19. His vibrant works were a detour from the usual artworks seen during the 20th century - mixing influences from his childhood, Church iconography and traditional Jewish art. His hometown of Vitebsk continued to remain one of his biggest inspirations in his art till the end of his 75 year long career, during which he created over 10,000 impressive works of art. Upon moving to Paris in 1911 to pursue art further, Chagall gained a new perspective and also met Picasso. This led to him experimenting with Cubism and Fauvism, with a new intensity appearing in the colours that he used and a new contemporary western lexicon appearing in his art. The art he would then create, replete with personal symbols, often repeated through his oeuvre, like cows, roosters, fiddlers and lovers suspended mid-air, would be highly appreciated in the art world and considered some of his most experimental.

World War I caused the artist’s visit to his family in Russia to be extended, with him finally gaining citizenship in his home country during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Although short-lived, he was also appointed the commissar of art in Vitebsk and his art took a more surreal path with blue cows and flying horses making appearances as well. In 1922, he finally left Russia never to return, first going to Berlin and then settling in Paris. While in Berlin, Chagall learnt etching and embarked on the journey of creating stunning etchings, gouaches and colourful lithographs.

He also became increasingly political through his art, using his interpretation of the Crucifixion of Christ as commentary against the mistreatment of Jews he witnessed in his childhood and during the Nazi regime. Nearing the end of his career, Chagall was living in the US creating not only paintings but tapestries, sculpture and ceramics. He also created sets and costumes for the 1942 production of Tchaikovsky’s Aleko by the American Ballet Theatre. In 1945, he was responsible for designing both the costumes and backdrop for Igor Stravinsky’s New York ballet production ‘The Firebird’.

In the late 1950s he perfected stained glass art and went on to execute them skillfully for many commissioned works. Some of these colourful works that are considered to be among his best include the Cathedral of Metz in France, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center’s synagogue in Jerusalem, the Paris Opera’s ceiling and the United Nations building in New York.

Among his massive oeuvre of well known works are The Dead Man (1908), I and the Village (1911), Bride and Groom with Eiffel Tower (1928), White Crufixion (1938), Yellow Crufixion

(1943) and Nocturne (1947). His works have been exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world including major retrospectives at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland in 1933; Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1946; Art Institute of Chicago in 1946; Louvre, Paris in 1967 and Luxembourg Museum in Paris in 2013. Among the many awards Chagall has received during his lifetime, notable ones include the Grand-Croix de la Legion d'honneur (1977), the highest honour given by the government of France, being made a member of the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (1974) and the Yakir Yerushalayim award (1977) given by the city of Jerusalem. Marc Chagall passed away in 1985 in Saint Paul De Vence at the age of 97