Sotheby’s: Important Prints & Multiples

Live bidding opening in
05day
02hr
53min
59sec
Marc Chagall, ‘Disrobing her with his own hand... (M. 39; C. Bks 18)’, 1948, Sotheby's

Signed in pencil, inscribed 'Pl. 4' and numbered 31/90, from the total edition of 111, plate four from Four Tales from the Arabian Nights, on laid paper, printed by Albert Carman, New York, published by Pantheon, New York, framed.

image: 370 by 281 mm 14 1/2 by 11 in
sheet: 430 by 330 mm 16 7/8 by 13 in

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