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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

Marc Chagall
VASE DE FLEURS
Estimate
250,000350,000
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209

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

Marc Chagall
VASE DE FLEURS
Estimate
250,000350,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
VASE DE FLEURS
Signed Chagall (lower right)
Gouache, watercolor, pastel, colored crayon and pencil on paper
25 7/8 by 19 3/4 in.
65.7 by 50.1 cm
Executed circa 1940.
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

Provenance

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in 1946 and sold by the estate: Christie's, New York, November 4, 2004, lot 168)
Opera Gallery, Paris
Acquired from the above in 2005

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1940, Vase de fleurs is a striking example of the mesmerizing dream world that characterizes Chagall’s distinctive artistic vision. At the center of the composition is a glorious still life; flowers are part of the cornucopia of motifs that reoccur throughout Chagall’s oeuvre, and they carry a special significance, as André Verdet explains: "Marc Chagall loved flowers. He delighted in their aroma, in contemplating their colors. For a long time, certainly after 1948 when he moved for good to the South of France after his wartime stay in the U.S., there were always flowers in his studio. In his work bouquets of flowers held a special place… Usually they created a sense of joy, but they could also reflect the melancholy of memories" (quoted in Jacob Baal-Teshuva, ed., Chagall: A Retrospective, Fairfield, 1995, p. 347).

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