Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)

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Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)

Les deux chèvres (Fables de la Fontaine), circa 1927
Gouache, signed below to the right
49.5 x 40.5 cm (on view) - 50 x 41 cm (the leaf)

Provenance: Private
collection, Paris

Exposition:
- La Fontaine par Chagall, Bernheim-Jeune Gallery, Paris, February 10 - 21, 1930, N°10 of the

Bibliography exhibition:
- Marc Chagall by Franz Meyer, Flammarion, Paris, 1964, N°419
- Catalogue of the exhibition Marc Chagall Les Fables de La Fontaine, Musée d'Art Moderne, Céret, 28 October 1995 - 8 January 1996 and Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Nice, 15 January
- 25 March 1996, work reprinted on the occasion of the exhibition Chagall connu et inconnu, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 11 March - 23 June 2003, Éditions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1995, mentioned on page 130 with as indication: Current location unknown

A certificate N°2019106 from the Chagall Committee dated 15 October 2019 will be given to the buyer

"One of my most tenacious ambitions as a publisher had been to publish the Fables de La Fontaine with dignity. It was the Russian painter Marc Chagall I asked for the illustration of the book. We did not understand this choice of a Russian painter to interpret the most French of our poets. However, it was precisely because of the fabulist's oriental sources that I had thought of an artist whose origins and culture made this prestigious Orient familiar. My expectations were not disappointed: Chagall made a hundred dazzling gouaches. So remembers Ambroise Vollard, the famous art dealer who, in 1925, entrusted Marc Chagall with this project.

"The artist creates about a hundred gouaches in colour to prepare the black and white engraving work, drawing inspiration from his Russian culture and the richness of the French landscapes. Much more than an editorial project, this commission is for Marc Chagall a passport to France, which
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