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PROPERTY FROM A CHICAGO COLLECTOR

Marc Chagall
LE GRAND BOUQUET
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
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397

PROPERTY FROM A CHICAGO COLLECTOR

Marc Chagall
LE GRAND BOUQUET
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
LE GRAND BOUQUET
Signed Marc-Chagall and dated 950 (lower right) 
Pen and ink, brush and ink and ink wash on paper
19 5/8 by 25 3/8 in.
49.9 by 64.5 cm
Executed in 1950. 
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

Provenance

Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne 
Acquired from the above in 1950

Catalogue Note

Le Grand bouquet, executed in 1950, highlights how Chagall allowed his imagination to govern the paintbrush, presenting the viewer with various uses of perspectives in form and color. The subject of colorful bouquets of flowers captivated Chagall since the late 1920s, and indeed it is a theme he explored seemingly without end in his oeuvre. In 1924, while in Toulon in the South of France, the artist first began to admire the charm of flowers; he later claimed (perhaps misleadingly) that he had not known of flowers in Russia, and they came to represent France for him. Writing about the subject of flowers in Chagall’s work, Franz Meyer comments, "Many are simple still lifes with a bunch of red roses and white lilacs; in others, pairs of lovers and air-borne fiddlers gambol through space. The atmosphere encompasses and pervades the flowers like a magically light airy fluid, vibrant with their vitality" (Franz Meyer, Marc Chagall, New York, 1963, p. 369).

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