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225

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Marc Chagall
LE PEINTRE ET SON MONDE
ACCÉDER AU LOT
225

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Marc Chagall
LE PEINTRE ET SON MONDE
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985
LE PEINTRE ET SON MONDE
signed Marc Chagall (lower right)
gouache and pen and brush and ink on paper
50.2 by 64.8cm., 19 3/4 by 25 1/2 in.
Executed in 1969.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

Provenance

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Private Collection, Germany (acquired from the above on 18th May 1973)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1974

Exposition

Pierre Matisse, Marc Chagall, Paintings and Gouaches, 1972, no. 4, illustrated in the catalogue

Description

At the centre of the present composition, as indicated by the title, is the artist himself, depicted upside down as if thrown off balance by the tumult of activity created by the surrounding figures and images. The grey background highlighted by the white snow gives this painting a sombre, self-reflective tenor, recalling his earlier works. The imagery surrounding the artist consists largely of memories of his past: the houses of his native Vitebsk, the horse symbolizing the artist's humble origins, and the cadre of musicians and performers who populate the margins. In addition to these elements, Chagall adds a variety of religious iconography, including the prominent crucifix at the upper left, symbolizing not only Christianity but human suffering in general. The composition is not only a self- reflective statement but a pictorial recording of the artist’s everyday thoughts.

 

Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

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Londres