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Marc Chagall, ‘La Joie’, 1980, Christie's

Signed in pencil, numbered 1/50, published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, with full margins, pale light- and mat staining, framed
Image: 37 ¼ x 24 ¼ in. (946 x 622 mm.)
Sheet: 45 5/8 x 29 ½ in. (1159 x 749 mm.)

Mourlot 976

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