Marc Chagall, ‘Self Portrait with Grimace’, 1925, Christie's


Kornfeld's sixth (final) state, signed in pencil, numbered 81/100 (one of a small number of impressions hand-colored by the artist, there were also approximately 15 artist's proofs for all six states), the full sheet, the colors very fresh, pale light- and mat staining, pale foxing in places in the margins, otherwise in good condition
Image: 14 3/8 x 10 ½ in. (365 x 267 mm.)
Sheet: 22 ¾ x 17 ¾ in. (578 x 451 mm.)

Kornfeld 43 VIb

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