Marc Chagall, ‘The Bridge’, 1910, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Marc Chagall, ‘The Bridge’, 1910, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Note: Chagall chose the simple subject of a bridge, probably one over the Dvina River by Vitebesk, yet he executed it with such movement and violent expressionist brushstrokes. the whole scene seems turbulent and stormy, with the dark sky and the criss cross of lines constructing the bridge. Even the dark figure on the bridge seems to be fighting its way against the flow of Chagall’s brushstrokes. The Cyrillic inscription of “the bridge” could perhaps be a reference to the artist’s encounter with Bella whom he had met in the previous year through Thea Brachman. One of the chapters in Bella’s book of memories, “Erst Begegnung” bears the title “The Bridge” where she describes how fascinated she was by Chagall, with his wild and ambitious character. The river appears to have a deep significance for Chagall in his inner search for the soul,d, as he writes in “My Life”. “I see the river flowing away into the distance, the bridge beyond, and close at hand, the eternal barrier, the earth, the grave. Here is my soul. Look for me here” (Page 16).
Literature: V. Rakitin: “Chagall, Disegni inediti dalla Russe a Parigi, Milan, 1989. p.42 (ill.page 43)
Condition: Dry mounted onto board (will easily be removed) - otherwise in very good condition

Signature: signed, dated and inscribed in Cyrillic

Milan, Studio Marconi, Marc Chagall, Disegni inediti dalla Russia a Parigi, May - July 1988; This exhibition later travelled to Turin
Galleria della Sindone, Palazzo Reale; Dec 1990 - Mar 1991
Catania, Monastrero dei Benedettini, Oct - Nov 1994 ;
Meina, Museo e centro studi per il disegno, June - Aug 1996
Hannover, Sprengel Museum, Marc Chagall “Himmel und Erde” Dec 1996 - Feb 1997
Darmstadt, Institute Mathildenhohe, Marc Chagall, Von Russland bis Paris, Zeichnungen 1906 - 1967 : Dec 1997 - Jan 1998
Abbazia Olivetana, Fondazione Ambrosetti, Marc Chagall, Il messaggio biblio, May -July 1998
Klagenfurt, Statgalerie, Marc Chagall, Feb - May 2000, p.17 (illustrated)
Florida: Boca Raton Museum of Art, Chagall, Jan - Marc 2002

Authentication: This work is sold with a photo-certificate from David McNiel, the artists son

David McNeil (The artists son), Paris, by decent (D.883)
Chagall’s first wife, Bella, died tragically at a young age in 1944. For months after her death Chagall could not work but was helped through the crisis by his daughter, Ida. Ida hired an English French speaking maid called Virgina McNiel to take care of her father and Virginia became the artist’s muse until 1951. She was the mother of David McNiel from whose inheritance this present work comes.
Acquired by the last owner in 1987

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