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Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Les Anémones

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Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Les Anémones
signed 'Marc Chagall' (lower left)
oil, gouache and pen and India ink on canvas
24 1/8 x 19¾ in. (61.2 x 50.2 cm.)
Executed in 1956
Provenance
Hilde Gerst Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner, April 1995.

Lot Essay

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

Les Anémones comprises Chagall's favored imagery--an imaginative landscape dominated by an outsized bouquet, a rooster and angelic figure floating overhead, fish and rustic village--set in the rich blue tonality employed by the artist during this period: "the eternal, transcendental blue reveals man's eternal longing for peace, security, eternity. It proceeds to the metaphysical realm where faith endows images with redeeming power" (R. Doschka, Marc Chagall zum 11. Geburtstag, exh. cat., Stadthalle Balingen, 1986, p. 40).

The present painting was executed shortly after Chagall moved to Vence, an elegant medieval town on the Côte d'Azur which emerged as an artistic center following the Second World War. His new residence, "Les Collines," where he lived until 1966, was situated on the slope of the Baou des Blancs. In these years, "the light, the vegetation, the rhythm of life all contributed to the rise of a more relaxed, airy sensuous style in which the magic of color dominates more and more with the passing of the years. At Vence we witnessed the daily miracle of growth and blossoming in the mild, strong all-pervading light--an experience in which earth and matter had their place" (F. Meyer, Marc Chagall, London, 1964, p. 519).

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