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Artistic Reverie: Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Japan

Marc Chagall

Au-dessus de la ville

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November 14, 01:23 AM GMT


12,000,000 - 18,000,000 USD

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Artistic Reverie: Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Japan

Marc Chagall

1887 - 1985

Au-dessus de la ville

signed Marc Chagall (lower right)

oil on canvas

26 ⅝ by 35 ⅞ in. 67.5 by 91 cm.

Executed in 1924. 

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

Kindly note that the present work has been requested for the upcoming Exhibition: Marc Chagall to be held at the Albertina Museum, Vienna from September 27, 2024 to February 9, 2025 and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf from March 15 to August 10, 2025.

Werner Vowinckel, Cologne (acquired in 1925)

Edith Vowinckel-Diel, Cologne and Munich (acquired by descent from the above in 1943 and until circa 1950)

Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris 

Etta and Mark C. Steinberg, St. Louis (acquired from the above in May 1950)

Etta Steinberg, St. Louis (acquired by descent from the above)

Florence and Richard K. Weil, St. Louis (acquired by descent from the above circa 1974)

Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired from the above in June 1983)

Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo (acquired from the above on 29 May 1986)

Acquired from the above in 1986 by the present owner

Franz Meyer, Chagall, New York, 1963, p. 333

François le Targat, Marc Chagall, New York, 1985, no. 43, illustrated in color (dated circa 1924)

De Matisse à aujourd'hui: la sculpture au XXe siècle dans les collections des musées et du Fonds régional d'art contemporain du Nord-Pas-de-Calais, 1992, p. 115

José María Faerna, ed., Chagall, New York, 1995, no. 32, p. 36, illustrated in color 

Darko Pandakovic, Architettura del paesaggio vegetale, Trezzano sul Naviglio, 2000, no. 48, p. 55, illustrated

Gérard Denizeau,

Chagall, 1887-1985, Paris, 2003, no. 32, p. 34, illustrated in color (dated circa 1924) 

Jackie Wullschlager, Chagall: Love and Exile, London, 2008, p. 313 

Elizabeth C. Childs, "St. Louis and Arts Philanthropy at Midcentury—the Case of Etta. E. Steinberg," Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 2015, p. 2, illustrated

Cologne, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Marc Chagall: Austellung Gemälde und Graphik von Marc Chagall aus des Jahren 1908 bis 1924, 1925, no. 22, pl. 3, illustrated (dated 1918)

St. Louis, City Art Museum, St. Louis Collects, 1952, no. 21 (dated circa 1914)  

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, European Masters of our Time, 1957, no. 24, pl. 48, illustated (dated circa 1914) 

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Fondation Maeght, Marc Chagall: Rétrospective de l’oeuvre peint, 1984, no. 29, p. 63, illustrated in color (dated circa 1924)

Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Marc Chagall, 1984-85, no. 38, illustrated in color (dated circa 1924)