Marc Chagall, ‘David à la Harpe’, Executed in 1955-56, Stern Pissarro
Marc Chagall, ‘David à la Harpe’, Executed in 1955-56, Stern Pissarro

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

Series: This was a preliminary work for the front cover of the 1956 Verve Bible publication.

Signature: Signed with Estate stamp lower left

Bundeskanzleramt Bonn (Federal Chancellery), Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle und Zeichungen, 15th November 1989 – 12th January 1990
Landesmuseum Mainz (State Museum), Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle und Zeichungen, 4th February – 22nd April 1990
London, Stern Pissarro Gallery, Marc Chagall: Master of Colour, June – July 2016

P. von Zaberon, Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle und Zeichungen, 1989, no. 5, p. 30 (illustrated in colour)

Collection of David McNeil, the artist’s son
Private collection, Switzerland, acquired from the above, 1986

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