875
875
Marc Chagall
LE COUPLE AUX FLEURS
Estimate
900,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,625,000 HKD
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875
Marc Chagall
LE COUPLE AUX FLEURS
Estimate
900,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,625,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
LE COUPLE AUX FLEURS
signed and dated 1950


gouache, brush, ink, charcoal and pastel on paper
30.9 by 25 cm; 12⅛ by 9⅞ in.
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This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Jean-Louis Prat of the Comité Marc Chagall, dated 7 November 1989 and numbered 890118.

Provenance

David B. Findlay Galleries, New York
Christie's, New York, 11 May 1989, lot 205
Private Collection
Sotheby's, London, 25 June 2002, lot 181
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Exhibited

Osaka, Takashimaya Art Gallery; Kyoto, Takashimaya Art Gallery; Yokohama, Takashimaya Art Gallery; Tokyo, Takashimaya Art Gallery; Okayama, Prefectural Museum; and Gifu, Prefectural Museum, Marc Chagall, March – October 2012, p. 28, cat. no. 11 (illustrated in colour) (additional catalogue for Okayama and Gifu locations, p. 107, cat. no. 62, illustrated in colour)




Catalogue Note

Having been kept away from France by the Second World War, Marc Chagall was finally able to return to Paris in 1948, the city where he first began developing his distinctive artistic repertoire. Chagall’s joy and delight of returning can be felt through the current work which was painted in 1950 when he bought a house in Vence where he would remain for the rest of his life. Bathed in the warm iridescent light of Southern France, the painting depicts a young couple embracing intimately in an interior rendered in translucent tones. Chagall’s soft handling of bright saturated colours created a dream-like sensuality and timeless tranquillity that are characteristics of his pictorial style. Dominating three-quarters of the composition in the foreground and is a bouquet of flowers in full blossom, a recurring motif in the artist’s oeuvre. ‘The light, the vegetation, the rhythm of life all contributed to the rise of a more relaxed airy, sensuous style in which the magic of colour dominates more and more with the passing years,’ Chagall's biographer Franz Meyer wrote, ‘At Vence he witnessed the daily miracle of growth and blossoming in the mild, strong all-pervading light – an experience in which earth and matter had their place’ (Marc Chagall, London, 1964, p. 519). During this time, Chagall maintained regular contact with fellow artists Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso who were his neighbours in this region, and with whom Chagall shared Fauvist and Cubist stylistic similarities at various stages throughout his artistic career.

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