Marc Chagall, ‘The Dead Dolphin and the Three Hundred Dracmas, from Daphnis and Chlöe’, 1961, Rago

16.5 x 12.5" (sheet)

Printer: Mourlot, Paris

Signature: From an edition of 250

Publisher: Teriade, Paris

Mourlot 338, Cramer 46

Private Collection, Pennsylvania

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