Marc Chagall - Editions Modern: Online Auction New York Friday, June 5, 2020 | Phillips

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    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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La Famille d'arlequin (The Harlequin Family)

Lithograph in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 26 3/8 x 20 in. (67 x 50.8 cm)
S. 30 5/8 x 22 1/2 in. (77.8 x 57.2 cm)

Signed and numbered 40/50 in pencil, with occasional soft handling creases (mainly visible in raking light), two diagonal abrasions at center right sheet edge (affecting the image), a diagonal crease at the center right margin (affecting the image), tape remains at the reverse of the lower sheet edge and corners (visible from the front), occasional minor surface soiling in the margins, otherwise in generally good condition, framed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $5,000

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Editions Modern: Online Auction

Online Auction 5 - 15 June 2020