Marc Chagall, ‘La Basse Court’, 1923-1927, Wallector

"Labasse Court" is an original drypoint realized by Marc Chagall between 1923 and 1927. Signed on plate lower right margin. Edition of 335 prints, published in France by Tériade éditeur in the illustrated book "Les Âmesmortes".

The work represents a typical Chagall group of animals in a court. On right there is a female figure with some other elements scattered on the surface: an oil lamp, a bottle, a carriage, a fountain. In the foreground, there is a rural landscape with some buildings, a church and some fields. The figures are characterized by spots of black with some areas of high contrasts. The drypoint is a part of a series of illustrated books including Gogol's Dead Souls, the Bible, and the La Fontaine's Fables, realized by Marc Chagall during the second stay in France (from 1923 to 1941).

Image Dimensions : 22.5 x 29.5 cm

Signature: Signed on plate lower right margin.

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