Marc Chagall - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "He said that when he painted a bouquet it was as if he were painting a landscape. It represented France to him."
    —John James Sweeneyi  

    i John James Sweeney, Marc Chagall, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1946

    • Provenance

      Estate of the artist
      Bouquinerie de l’Institut, Paris
      Martin Lawrence Galleries, San Francisco
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2003

    • 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 of an Esteemed Private Collector

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Bouquet au village

signed and dated “Marc Chagall 1979” lower right
pastel, colored wax crayons, India ink and grey wash on paper
30 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (78.1 x 56.5 cm)
Executed in 1979, the Comité Marc Chagall has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for $327,600

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022