Marc Chagall, ‘L'Homme au Samovar’, 1922-1923, R. S. Johnson Fine Art

This early, now extremely rare and powerful lithograph was executed when Chagall was 35 years old. It was published by Bruno and Paul Cassirer in Berlin around 1922 or 1923, thus just before Chagall left for Paris.

The word “Samovar” is Russian for a tea urn.

In My Life by Marc Chagall, (first printed in Great Britain in 1965), p. 28; Chagall writes:
“Day after day, winter and summer, my father arose at six o’clock in the morning and went off to the synogauge. Then he said his usual prayer for one dead soul or another. On his return, he prepared the samovar, had a drink of tea, and left for work.”

Series: 14/35

Signature: signed lower right, numbered 14/35

Mourlot no. 41a (from b)

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