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    Sale 7584


    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 35

    HUGO ERFURTH (1874-1948)

    Marc and Bella Chagall, 1923

    Price Realised  


    HUGO ERFURTH (1874-1948)
    Marc and Bella Chagall, 1923
    bromoil print
    signed and annotated 'Dresden phot.' in negative; credited, titled, numbered '7', '166' [crossed out] and printing notations in other hands in graphite/red wax pencil, 'Secondo "Salon" Italiano' exhibition label on verso

    This and the following prints (lots 35-36) are credited and titled in the same unknown hand which differs from all other instances of annotations in unknown hands in this group (lots 27-40).
    11 x 8½in. (28 x 21.5cm.)

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    Erfurth's touching double portrait, with the two heads isolated in an indeterminate space and gazing in opposite directions, calls to mind Chagall's own visual devices and his delight in setting his subjects afloat, weightless within the dream-like spaces of his pictures (fig.1).

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    As lot 27.

    Pre-Lot Text



    von Dewitz & Schuller-Procopovici (eds.), Hugo Erfurth 1874-1948: Photograph Zwischen Tradition und Moderne, Wienand Verlag, 1992, p.268, no.81.


    Torino, Secondo 'Salon' Italiano d'Art Fotografica Internazionale, 6 October -- 4 November 1928.