Marc Chagall, ‘Pliouchkin Looking for His Papers, Dead Souls’, ArtWise

Etching from the Dead Souls suite, 96 etchings were created to illustrated Gogolís Dead Souls book, one of the greatest novels in the Russian Language, depictions of Russian Society commissioned by Vollard. Chagall designed the etchings between 1923-1927, they were printed by Fort of Rue St Jacques in 1927 and purchased by and then published/released by Teriarde in conjunction with Chagall after Vollardís death between 1947-1950.

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