• Impressionist/Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 7832

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    3 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 252

    Marc Chagall (1887-1985)


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    Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
    signed 'Chagall' (lower right)
    wax crayon and pencil on paper
    10 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. (27.5 x 22.3 cm.)
    Executed probably in berlin circa 1922-1923

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    This work is sold with a photo-certificate from David McNeil.

    The present lot must have been executed in Berlin circa 1922, when Chagall left his beloved Russia for the second time. Moreover, according to Rakitin, this drawing is a preparatory sketch for the well-known Autoportrait avec une chèvre lithograph which was done in an edition of three, one of which was coloured by hand in 1922-1923. This would imply that the self-portrait dates from circa 1922-1923 rather than David McNeil's first suggested date of 1925.

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    David McNeil (the artist's son), Paris, by descent from the artist (no. D 1124).
    Acquired from the above by the present owners in 1987.


    V. Rakitin, Chagall, Disegni inediti dalla Russia a Parigi, Milan, 1989, p. 70 (ill. p. 71).


    Milan, Studio Marconi, Marc Chagall, Disegni inediti dalla Russia a Parigi, May - July 1988; this exhibition later travelled to Turin, Galleria della Sindone, Palazzo Reale, Catania, Monastero dei Benedettini and Meina, Museo e centro studi per il disegno.
    Hanover, Sprengel Museum, Marc Chagall, 'Himmel und Erde', December 1996 - February 1997.
    Darmstadt, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Marc Chagall, Von Russland nach Paris, Zeichnungen 1906-1967, December 1997 - January 1998.
    Abbazia Olivetana, Fondazione Ambrosetti, Marc Chagall, Il messaggio biblico, May - July 1998.
    Klagenfurt, Stadtgalerie, Marc Chagall, February - May 2000, p. 21 (illustrated).
    Florida, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Chagall, January - March 2002.