119
119

THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Marc Chagall
NU COUCHÉ
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
119

THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Marc Chagall
NU COUCHÉ
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

|
New York

Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
NU COUCHÉ
Signed compliments Chagall's and dated 930 (lower left); addressed to Madame M Coquiat, Paris (on the verso)
Pen and ink on a postcard from the Hotel am Zoo, Berlin
4 1/4 by 5 7/8 in.
10.8 by 14.9 cm
Executed in Berlin in 1930.
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

Provenance

Madame M. Coquiot, Paris (possibly the widow of the art critic and collector Gustave Coquiot)
Comtesse Claudia de Maistre, Paris
Acquired from the above on April 21, 1967

Catalogue Note

Chagall's spectacular works of the 1930s are known for their free-association of symbolic imagery and their engaging depiction of fantastic spectacles. Specific narratives are rare in these pictures, and scenes of flowers and lovers simply serve as indicators of happy times. Throughout his life, Marc Chagall continually returned to themes that held the most potent artistic inspiration for him. The present work, Nu couchée, drawn on one side of a postcard, features a striking example of some of Chagall’s most celebrated artistic motifs, lovers and flowers.

The nude seems to float above the couch, wearing flowers in her hair. More flowers hover on the right of the picture plane. These themes stemmed from real life—his life—but he was never confined to recreating natural life on paper. Unlike Dalí or Magritte, whose Surrealist compositions depicted the fantastical and often shocking elements of dreams, Chagall acknowledges the intensely private and personal characteristics of dreams in a way that is universally recognizable. It is his masterful ability to evoke an atmosphere that renders his works so eternally captivating.

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

|
New York