The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.
Estate of the Artist Private Collection Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1996
A recurring motif of Chagall’s fantastical art is the depiction of him at his easel, paint brush in hand. Within his deceptively complex fanciful compositions, representative of a dream, this motif provides an insight into the artist’s understanding of his role and purpose in this mysterious world. Elusive in its interpretation, Chagall himself said he was a dreamer who never woke up and his choice to depict himself at his easel reflects how he was searching for answers about his existence. Chagall’s works are full of personal metaphor and sentimentality, encapsulating his vision of a warm and pictorial universe; he continually referenced his home and childhood and as this present work demonstrates, his life as a painter.
The canvas-board is sound. Examination under UV light reveals no signs of retouching. There are a few fine lines of craquelure to the top of the central figure's head which are stable. The pigments are fresh and vibrant in places. This work is in overall excellent condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."