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Marc Chagall
LE PEINTRE ET LA CRUCIFIXION 
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427
Marc Chagall
LE PEINTRE ET LA CRUCIFIXION 
Estimate
300,000400,000
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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
LE PEINTRE ET LA CRUCIFIXION 
Stamped Marc Chagall (lower left)
Pastel and gouache on paper
20 1/8 by 12 1/2 in.
51.1 by 31.7 cm
Executed in 1968.
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

Provenance

Private Collection, Japan
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 2000

Catalogue Note

Le Peintre et la crucifixion is a wonderful example of Chagall’s unique and visionary aesthetic—one which combines rich imagery with his passion for color. The iconography of the present work is replete with images that are ubiquitous in Chagall’s oeuvre. Central to the composition is the artist himself holding his palette standing with a woman dressed as a bride in a white gown. The presence of a bride in the present 1968 composition is a poignant evocation of Chagall’s happy marriage of thirty-five years to his late wife Bella until her untimely death in 1944. The work is at once nostalgic and tender, unifying an ode to young love with a sense of melancholy and longing. Chagall’s personal suffering is underscored by the depiction of the crucifixion on the artist’s canvas, which hovers beneath a landscape of provincial houses that are strongly reminiscent to those in his rural, native home, Vitebsk.

The bittersweet imagery recalls what Chagall once wrote to an old friend Daniel Charny in New York, shortly after his seventieth birthday: “Life is always beautiful even though it is sad: good people and some close to us leave us” (quoted in Jackie Wullschlager, Chagall, Love and Exile, London, 2008, p. 488).

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