Marc Chagall, ‘Le boucher cacher’, 1971, Daphne Alazraki Fine Art

This painting is sold with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Marc Chagall.

Our drawing, Le boucher cacher, depicts the reality of farm life in a surreal and intense composition. The subject of the work is a calf, portrayed in bright red paint, perhaps foreshadowing its fate. The brightly painted bearded and behatted butcher stands with a knife in his hand while a second man seems to be pushing the animal closer to him. Behind them a green and yellow donkey and a chicken watch the spectacle. In the background lie a cluster of brown buildings, and upon closer inspection one notices a woman lying with a child. Full of subtle details, Le boucher cacher is a fine example of Chagall’s exceptional use of color and form.

Signature: Marc Chagall

Estate of the artist
Private collection, Europe

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