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Marc Chagall Les Ames Mortes by N. Gogol, 1948

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Marc Chagall, Les Ames Mortes by N. Gogol
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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Print : etching

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 322 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Wallector Srl
    Rome - Italy

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Les Ames mortes (by N. Gogol) is a very rare suite of etchings realized by Marc Chagall (1887-1985).
    Complete set of 96 etchings hors-texte and 11 etched vignettes en-texte for the heading chapters. Realized on Arches wove paper watermarked Les Ames mortes, with title, text in French and justification.
    Signed and dedicated "Pour Alla et Dicky Goldschmidt en bon souvenir et merci __ Marc Chagall, Bruxelles, 1957" in black ink on the title page, the justification signed in black ink.
    Copy number 322, from the edition of 335 (there were also 33 hors-commerce copies). Published by Tériade, Paris, 1948, the full sheets.
    The 96 etchings loose (as issued), within paper wrappers with title printed in black on front, two volumes, within the original cream paper-covered boards and slipcase, with title on spine, the paper wrappers with foxing, the slipcase with wear and staining (portfolio) 400 x 300 mm. (overall).
    Grand prix of the jury at Venice Biennale. (Cramer books 17).
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Movement: Cubism, Expressionnism
Themes: Everyday life

Marc Chagall

France Born in: 1887 Famous artist
Movement: Cubism, Expressionnism

Marc Chagall is a painter and printmaker born in Belarus in 1887.

He was raised by his Jewish mother, who passed on to him the passion of man and made him read the Bible. Vitebsk, the area where he grew up, would always represent his childhood paradise and later greatly influence his artistic work.

He studied at the School of Fine Arts of Saint-Petersburg and then worked in a studio. He was pupil of Leon Bakst, who introduced him to Bella Rosenfeld, with whom he fell in love.

In 1910, he moved to Paris. There, he discovered Fauvism as the movement was fading, and Cubism just as it was emerging. He was fascinated by the joyful colors of Fauvism and by Cubism's deconstruction of objects. Even if he was living in Paris, Marc Chagall never forgot his native country, Russia, and never ceased to be inspire by it. In fact, the Jewish culture in which he grew up is always present in his work.

In Paris, Marc Chagall met Blaise Cendrars, Robert Delaunay and Guillaume Apollinaire with whom he became friends.

In 1914, He returned to Vitebsk, thinking he would only stay there a short while, but the First World War preventing him from coming back to France. He Married Bella with whom he had a daughter. He painted the life of the Jewish community, persecuted because they were suspected of collaborating with the Russians. After the Revolution, he let to Moscow, where he worked for the Jewish Art Theater.

Back in Paris, his friend Ambroise Vollard, ask him to do some illustrations for the" Fables de La Fontaine" and for the Bible. He did several gouaches for the religious texts that he considered to be " the biggest source of poetry of all time". He then did a collection of etchings about the Old Testament, which he donated to the French government. This latter has been exhibited in the Louvre and then at the National Museum of Biblical messages in Nice, which was later named National Museum Marc Chagall.

Marc Chagall can not be associated to one particular movement, since the artist preferred to combine several styles. However In his work we can find characteristics of surrealism and Neo-Primitivism. Marc Chagall created his paintings and prints inspired by his own intimate life.

He died in 1985 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.

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