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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, ATLANTA

Marc Chagall
LES AMOUREUX AU CLAIR DE LUNE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, ATLANTA

Marc Chagall
LES AMOUREUX AU CLAIR DE LUNE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 USD
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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
LES AMOUREUX AU CLAIR DE LUNE
Signed Marc (lower right) and Chagall (toward center right)
Gouache, watercolor, pastel, ink wash and pen and ink on paper
9 1/4 by 11 1/4 in.
23.7 by 28.5 cm
Executed circa 1949.
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall. 

Provenance

Galerie Maeght, Paris
Sacha Guitry, Paris
Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York
Private Collection, Massachusetts (acquired from the above in 1961 and sold: Sotheby's, New York, May 6, 2015, lot 237)
Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

New York, Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, French Master Drawings, XVI-XX Centuries, 1959, no. 134

Catalogue Note

Evoking one of the most enduring themes of Chagall’s oeuvre, Les Amourex au clair de lune portrays an archetypal pair of lovers intertwined beneath the opalescent moonlight. Completed five years after the death of his wife Bella, Chagall immortalizes his beloved using many of the same motifs that inspired him during their nearly thirty years together. Chagall stopped painting briefly after Bella's passing, stating, “I lost her, who was the meaning in my life was, my inspiration. Now as ‘easy’ and [un]clouded as my life was, so it is now full of tragedies” (quoted in Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Chagall, Love, War, and Exile, New York, 2013, p. 62). Yet it was perhaps the memory of Bella, and the promise of newfound love with his former housekeeper Virginia Haggard, which brought him out of his depression and incited the creation of some of his most important works in the years to follow.

Chagall’s belief in the affinity between painting and dreaming is reflected beautifully in the present work. Associating the color blue with joy, he celebrates this tender remembrance of his wife. Even in grief, Chagall continued to be fueled by love. More than a decade after the completion Les Amourex au clair de lune he reflected, “Is it not true that painting and color are inspired by love? It is our duty to color our own lives with shades of love and hope… In art, as in life, all is possible when conceived in love” (quoted in Pierre Provoyeur, Marc Chagall, New York, 1964, n.p.).

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