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

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Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
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signed 'Marc Chagall' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour on paper
13¼ x 8 7/8 in. (33.7 x 22.5 cm.)
Drawn in 1908
David McNeil (the artist's son), Paris, by descent from the artist (no. D 796).
Acquired from the above by the present owners in 1987.
V. Ratikin, Chagall, Disegni inediti dalla Russia a Parigi, Milan, 1989, p. 30 (ill. p. 31).
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, p. 34 (ill.).
Florida, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Chagall, Jan. - Mar. 2002.
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Lot Essay

This work is sold with a photo-certificate from David McNeil.

Having ended his studies at Roerich's school, Chagall entered the private school of Savel Moisejevitch Saidenberg, an artist of genre scenes from Russian history influenced by Ilja Yefimovitch Repin (1844-1930). Here, Chagall's desire for artistic freedom was in confrontation with the academic predominance of the teaching, even more than in his previous school.

This standing nude, probably realised after a model, proves Chagall's compulsory submission to the academic aims of mimesis. Other works made by Chagall at this time are expectedly naturalistic, further betraying his constrained artistic freedom. Chagall succeeds in giving life and a certain lyricism to the model by using only a few strong lines, enhanced by the hatching for the shading.

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