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    Sale 1901

    Impressionist And Modern Art Day Sale

    7 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 521

    After Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

    La vie

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    After Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
    La vie
    with signature 'Marc Chagall' (in the weave lower right) and with monogram of the Yvette Cauquil-Prince atelier (in the weave lower left); with inscription 'pièce unique' (in the weave on the reverse), inscribed 'Marc Chagall, La Vie, Maître d'oeuvre Y. Cauquil-Prince piece unique' and with monogram of the Yvette Cauquil-Prince atelier (on a label affixed to the reverse)
    hand-woven Aubusson wool tapestry
    141¾ x 187 in. (360 x 475 cm.)
    Woven by the Yvette Cauquil-Prince atelier in 1989; unique


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    Marc Chagall first began to create tapestries in the early 1960s. Collaborating with the famed Parisian firm Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins, Chagall produced the triptych Isaiah's Prophecy, Exodus and Entry into Jerusalem to decorate the reception hall of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. The works were met with high acclaim, and Chagall decided to continue to produce works in this medium.

    In 1964, Chagall became acquainted with Yvette Cauquil-Prince, whose weaving atelier had already been working with many of Chagall's contemporaries--Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Alexander Calder--to translate their work into tapestries. According to Jacob Baal-Teshuva, "Chagall was very taken with the quality of her work, and from then on had his tapestry designs executed in her studio. From existing lithographs, gouaches and other media she made 24 highly acclaimed tapestries on Biblical themes, the circus, and other Chagall subjects (op. cit., pp. 231-232).

    The present work was produced after the 1964 painting of the same name currently in the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

    Provenance

    Yvette Cauquil-Prince, Paris.
    Galerie Paul Heim, Paris (commissioned from the above).
    Fujikawa Galleries, Tokyo (acquired from the above, November 1989).
    Acquired by the present owner, 2006.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the correct provenance for this work:

    Yvette Cauquil-Prince, Paris.
    Galerie Paul Heim, Paris (commissioned from the above).
    Fujikawa Galleries, Tokyo (acquired from the above, November 1989).
    Acquired by the present owner, 2006.


    Literature

    J. Baal-Teshuva, Marc Chagall, Cologne, 1998, p. 231 (illustrated in color in reverse).