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  • 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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Lettre à Marc Chagall (Letter to Marc Chagall) (C. bks 76)

The complete set of five etchings, on Rives BFK paper, folded and loose (as issued), with full margins, with text by Jerzy Ficowski, all contained in the original grey cloth covered folio with gold embossed title on the spine and slipcase.
all I. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (22.2 x 14.6 cm)
all S. folded 11 x 7 1/2 in. (27.9 x 19.1 cm)
slipcase 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (29.8 x 21 cm)

Signed in pencil and numbered 141 (printed), additionally signed by the author in black ink on the colophon (the edition was 175 and 15 hors commerce in Roman numerals), published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris.

$1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for $1,512

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New York Auction 19-21 October 2021