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Marc Chagall
MARIÉS À L'ANGE ROUGE
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154

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, EUROPE

Marc Chagall
MARIÉS À L'ANGE ROUGE
Estimation
600 000800 000
Lot. Vendu 725,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
MARIÉS À L'ANGE ROUGE
Signed Chagall and dated 1932 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
18 1/4 by 10 1/2 in.
46.4 by 26.6 cm
Painted in 1932.
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall. 

Provenance

Galerie Moderne, Paris
James Vigeveno Galleries, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Chicago (acquired from the above 1955)
Private Collection, United States (and sold by the estate: Christie's, New York, November 8, 1995, lot 217)
Private Collection, Europe (and sold: Christie's, New York, November 4, 2010, lot 453)
Acquired at the above sale 

Exposition

Kunsthalle Basel, Marc Chagall, 1933, no. 102
Chicago, Wally Findlay Galleries, Chagall, Utrillo, Vlaminck, Important Loan Exhibition to Benefit the Scholarship Fund, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1961, no. 4

Description

Dating to 1932, Mariés à l'ange rouge is an exquisite example of several of Chagall’s most iconic themes, including the fusion of love, flowers and music, all rendered together at an early date in his career. Indeed, the young lovers who are the focal point of this composition would go on to become an archetype repeated throughout his entire oeuvre. It has been said that the subject of marriage was particularly inspiring for Chagall because it symbolized the mystical union of two souls. He often rendered his married figures floating weightlessly in profound fields of blue, such as those that saturate the surface of the present work.

It was love at first sight for Chagall when in 1909 he met Bella Rosenfeld, the daughter of a Vitebsk merchant. Describing meeting her for the first time, Chagall wrote: “Her silence is mine, her eyes mine. It is as if she knows everything about my childhood, my present, my future, as if she can see right through me; as if she has always watched over me, somewhere next to me, though I saw her for the very first time. I knew this is she, my wife. Her pale colouring, her eyes. How big and round and black they are! They are my eyes, my soul…” (quoted in Jakie Wullschlager, Chagall: A Biography, New York, 2008, p. 89).

They married in 1915 and lived together for almost three decades; she was very much his muse who would continue to appear in his work for the rest of his life. “Always present—watching, advising, refining—[Bella] supplied echo and answers to artistic questions, formed contacts, removed obstacles. She was and still is the archetype of the loved one, the bride who leans toward her young groom in so many pictures, the tender girl who dreams in her lover’s arms” (Franz Meyer, Marc Chagall, Life and Work, New York, 1963, pp. 465-66).

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