Marc Chagall, ‘Assuérus Chasse Vashti’, 1958-1959, Stern Pissarro
Marc Chagall, ‘Assuérus Chasse Vashti’, 1958-1959, Stern Pissarro

This was a preliminary work for a lithograph for the 1960 Verve Bible publication.
This subject, one of the most obscure of all those selected by Chagall for the 1960 Verve project, comes from the Book of Esther. Vashti, wife of the Persian King Ahasuerus, resists an order to dance before him and his guests at a banquet and is banished, to be replaced as Queen by the Jewish heroine Esther.

This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity from Jean-Louis Prat, on behalf of
the Comité Chagall, dated 21 November 2013.

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Signature: Signed with Estate stamp lower left

P. Von Zaberon, Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle and Zeichunggen, 1989,
no. 70, p. 96 (illustrated in colour)

About Marc Chagall

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role among Jewish artists, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He preferred to be considered separately from other artists, his imagery and allegory uniquely his own.

Russian-French, 1887-1985, Vitebsk, Belarus