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  • Provenance

    The Artist
    David McNeil, Paris (by descent from the above)
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1987)
    Christie’s, London, February 8, 2007, lot 571
    Ruth O'Hara (acquired at the above sale)

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Studio Marconi; Turin, Galleria della Sindone, Palazzo Reale; Catania, Monastero dei Benedettini, Marc Chagall, Disegni inediti dalla Russia a Parigi, May 1988 – August 1996, p. 26 (illustrated p. 27)
    Darmstadt, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Marc Chagall, Von Russland nach Paris, Zeichnungen 1906 – 1967, December 1997 – January 1998
    Klagenfurt, Stadtgalerie, Marc Chagall, February 11 – May 14, 2000, p. 33 (illustrated)
    Boca Raton Museum of Art, Chagall, From Russia to Paris, Drawings and Watercolors, 1906-1967, January – February 2002, p. 18 (illustrated; titled Country Dance)

  • Artist Biography

    Marc Chagall

    Franco-Russian • 1887 - 1985

    Born Moishe Shagal in present-day Belarus, Marc Chagall (as he later became known) was one of the foremost Jewish artists of the 20th Century. He is perhaps best known for his inventive use of color and dream-like imagery, which anticipated Surrealism. His deeply religious upbringing influenced his work, as did the precarious political situation in Europe in the early 20th century. He first left the Russian Empire for France and Germany, but after returning to marry his wife, World War I prevented him from returning to France for over a decade. After the collapse of the French government during World War II, Chagall lived in New York until 1948. At that point, he returned permanently to France, which he considered his adopted homeland. 

    Chagall considered his style unique and actively resisted categorization. In Paris, he befriended Cubists like Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger, but he also integrated elements of Fauvism and Symbolism into his practice. Aside from painting, Chagall also experimented with printmaking and stained glass--his windows can still be found in New York, France and Israel today. The artist passed away in 1985, and his work continues to be held in the permanent collections of many internationally prestigious museums.

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Property from the Estate of Ruth O’Hara

129

La danse au village

signed and dated “Chagall 1907.8” lower center; inscribed "10" upper left
graphite on paper
4 1/4 x 4 in. (10.9 x 10.2 cm)
Executed circa 1907-1908, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Comité Chagall.

Estimate
$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $15,120

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