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PROPERTY FROM A NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION

Marc Chagall
LA LEÇON DE VIOLON
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PROPERTY FROM A NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION

Marc Chagall
LA LEÇON DE VIOLON
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
LA LEÇON DE VIOLON
Stamped Marc Chagall (lower center); signed Chagall (on the reverse)
Oil on canvasboard
13 1/8  by 8 1/8 in.
33.3 by 20.6 cm
Painted circa 1978. 
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

Provenance

Pacific Heights Gallery, San Francisco (acquired by 1997)
Acquired from the above

Catalogue Note

The present work highlight's Chagall's characteristic combination of motifs along with his adept skill as a colorist. Depicting a violin lesson in progress with clearly romantic undertones, Chagall beckons memories of his past. A reminder of his childhood in Vitebsk, where the music of the violin accompanied the basic events of life—birth, marriage and death—the violinist carries an almost totemic power in Chagall’s work and remained central to his oeuvre throughout his lifetime (see fig. 1).

In the present work, the figures are surrounded by Chagall's beloved farm animals and are juxtaposed against two multi-textured bouquets of flowers that fill the center of the composition. Such bouquets captivated Chagall beginning in the late 1920s and continued to, as evidenced in the present work, throughout his career. 

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). La Leçon de violin is a quintessential example of how Chagall allowed his imagination and his multicultural experience to govern the paintbrush, presenting the viewer with various whimsical and autobiographical motifs with roots spanning his entire career. 

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