Marc Chagall, ‘Offrande de fleurs’, 1964, Koller Auctions

Épreuve d'artiste X/XXV, artist's sample outside an edition of 50.
Image 63 x 48.5 cm on vélin by BFK Rives (with the watermark) 75.8 x 56 cm.
We thank Mr. Yves and Marc Lebouc, Bouquinerie de l'Institut, Paris, for their scientific advise.

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right: Marc Chagall

Image rights: Courtesy of Koller Auktionen

Catalogue raisonné: Mourlot, no. 417.

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