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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1066

    Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

    Les Campanules

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    Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
    Les Campanules
    signed 'Marc Chagall' (lower left)
    gouache, tempera, pastel and pencil on paper
    28 ¼ x 22 ½ in. (72 x 57.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1976


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    The Comité Marc Chagall has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    First explored by Chagall in the early 1920s as a romantic extension to the symbolic vocabulary of the paintings depicting himself with his beloved wife Bella, the vase of flowers became a perennial theme in Chagall's art. "It was in Toulon in 1924... that the charm of French flowers first struck him. [Chagall] claims he had not known bouquets of flowers in Russia—or at least they were not so common as in France... He said that when he painted a bouquet it was as if he was painting a landscape. It represented France to him. But the discovery was also a logical one in the light of the change taking place in his vision and pictorial interests. Flowers, especially mixed bouquets of tiny blossoms, offer a variety of delicate color combinations and a fund of texture contrasts which were beginning to hold Chagall's attention more and more" (J.J. Sweeney, Marc Chagall, New York, 1946, p. 56).
    The autobiographical lexicon inherent in Chagall's works is hard to ignore. Following Bella's untimely death in 1944, poignant images of her would continue to appear in Chagall's paintings and gouaches, serving as imagined reunions between the two lovers. This sensibility is apparent on the left of the composition where lovers are depicted at the base of the window sill. These characters are a thinly veiled reference to the painter's affection for his late wife and fervent belief that their bond would be eternal.

    Provenance

    Galerie Maeght, Paris.
    Acquired by the family of the present owner, circa 1980.


    Exhibited

    Munich, Haus der Kunst, Marc Chagall, Ausgewählte Graphik, August-October 1978, p. 102, no. 67 (illustrated).