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    Sale 5392

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    1 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 368

    Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

    Portrait de Barchan

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    Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
    Portrait de Barchan
    signed and dated 'Marc Chagall 1923' (lower right), inscribed 'P.Barchan Berlin' (lower left)
    charcoal on paper
    10 5/8 x 7½in. (27 x 19.2cm.)

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    Sold with a photo-certificate from Mr David McNeil.

    This ensemble of three charcoal drawings of the writer Pavel Barchan were executed circa 1923, after Chagall came to Berlin for the second time in 1922. Chosing charcoal as his medium, Chagall gives a painterly quality to his friend's portraits to enhance the sitter's expression and features. Barchan was the author of a book on ballets entitled Das Russische Ballet in 1917 and as an art lover and Chagall's good friend, he dedicated an article to Chagall's oeuvre Marc Chagall in 'Deutsche Kunst and Decoration', 1959, pp. 292-299.

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    The artist's estate (no. D2935)
    Thence by descent to his son, David McNeil
    Purchased from the above by the present owners in 1987

    Pre-Lot Text



    V. Rakitin, Chagall, Disegni inediti dalla Russia a Parigi, Milan, 1989, p.72 (illustrated p.73)


    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, Dec 1990-Mar 1991; Catania, Monastero dei Benedettini, Oct-Nov 1994; Meina, Museo e centro studi per il disegno, June-Aug 1996
    Hannover, Sprengel Museum, Marc Chagall, "Himmel und Erde", Dec 1996-Feb 1997
    Darmstadt, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Marc Chagall, Von Russland nach Paris, Zeichnungen 1906-1967, Dec 1997-Jan 1998
    Abbazia Olivetana, Fondazione Ambrosetti, Marc Chagall, Il messaggio biblico, May-July 1998
    Klagenfurt, Stadtgalerie, Marc Chagall, Feb-May 2000, (illustrated p.42)
    Florida, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Chagall, Jan- Mar 2002.