Marc Chagall - Editions & Works on Paper New York Thursday, October 22, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    i.f.a. galleries, Washington, D.C.
    Estate of Jacques Kohn, New York

  • Literature

    Ambroise Vollard 221, 243, 249 and 252
    see Patrick Cramer books 30

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Départ de Jacob pour l'Égypte (Jacob's Departure for Egypt); Josué devant l'ange à l'épée (Joshua Before the Angel with the Sword); Débora, la Prophétesse (Deborah, the Prophetess) and Samson et Delilah (Samson and Delilah)

  • 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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The Bible: plates 24; 46; 52 and 56

Four etchings with hand-coloring, on Arches paper, with full margins.
all I. various sizes
all S. 21 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (54 x 39.1 cm)

All signed with initials and numbered 9/100 in pencil (there was also an edition of 295 on Montval without hand-coloring), published by Tériade/Imprimerie Nationale de France, Paris, 1958, all framed.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $7,560

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 21 - 22 October 2020