Marc Chagall, ‘Fables de LaFontaine, The Wolves and the Ewes’, 1927, ArtWise

This work is a fine dark black impression, unsigned. Plate 37, "The Wolves and the Ewes" from the series of Fables de La Fontaine, 100 illustrations for fables and poems written by Jean de la Fontaine commissioned by Ambroise Vollard. The etchings for The Fables were executed by Chagall between 1927 and 1930; 200 portfolios on Montval were issued, 40 editions were part of a suite of etchings on japon nacre, 85 were part of a suite with gouache hand-coloring by Chagall. In addition, 15 portfolios hors commerce were created. There were also 100 sets of etching on paper with wide margins, each numbered and signed.

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