Marc Chagall - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from Fernand Mourlot, Paris; Private collection, France

  • Literature

    Fernand Mourlot 390

  • 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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Two lithographs in colors, on wove paper, with full margins,
both I. 54 x 39 1/4 in. (137.2 x 99.7 cm)
both S. 63 x 41 1/2 in. (160 x 105.4 cm)

a proof of the two left images printed on one sheet and the two right images printed on one sheet (aside from the signed and numbered edition of 50 as four sheets mounted on panels to make a standing screen), these uncut panels still show the printed marks used to cut down to the screen, both with minor scuffing and creases, soiling and rubbing along the sheet edges, pale time staining, [landscape] with a crease at the center right, staining at the lower left sheet edge, [interior] with creasing at the lower right sheet corner, otherwise both in good condition, both panels linen-backed and framed.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York