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Property of a Distinguished American Collector

Marc Chagall

Hommage au passé (La Ville)

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November 17, 10:26 PM GMT


1,500,000 - 2,000,000 USD

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Property of a Distinguished American Collector

Marc Chagall

1887 - 1985

Hommage au passé (La Ville)

signed Marc Chagall and dated 944 (lower right)

oil on canvas

28 by 29⅞ in.

71 by 75.8 cm.

Executed in 1944. 

The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (acquired by 1948)
Dr. J.J. Mayers, New York
Van Diemen-Lilienfeld Galleries, New York
Feigl Gallery, New York
Frederick & Helen Serger, New York (acquired by 1954)
Mr. & Mrs. Ludwig Neugass, New York (acquired by 1956 and until at least 1965)
Doyle's New York, 17 May 1984, lot 88
Private Collection, Australia (acquired by 1986)
Christie's London, 7 February 2012, lot 43
Private Collection, United States (acquired from the above)
Christie's London, 27 February 2018, lot 25 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Raïssa Maritain, Chagall ou l'orage enchanté, Geneva & Paris, 1948, p. 154, first state illustrated 
Franz Meyer, Marc Chagall: Life and Work, New York, 1964, no. 736, pp. 452 & 758, n.p., illustrated (titled La Ville)
Jean Cassou, Chagall, London, 1965, no. 115, p. 280, illustrated (titled Homage to the Past)
Jacob Baal-Teshuva, ed., Chagall. A Retrospective, New York, 1995, pl. 52, illustrated in color (titled Tribute to the Past)
Jacob Baal-Teshuva, Marc Chagall, 1887-1985, Cologne, 2008, p. 169, illustrated 
New York, Perls Galleries, Marc Chagall, 1956, no. 15
Tokyo, Museum of Western Art & Kyoto, Municipal Museum of Kyoto, Marc Chagall, 1963, no. 69, illustrated