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engraving by Russian artist Marc Chagall, a naturalized French citizen.

Bold and prestigious colorist, storyteller suspended between the real and the fairy-tale. In the paintings, favorite themes with a repertoire of images blending human figures, animals, objects and landscapes were joined by motifs related to the biblical and evangelical world.

Numerous works and techniques were experimented with by the artist throughout his career, which allowed him a prolific output during his lifetime but also posthumously.

Among these, engraving is certainly one of the artist's most cherished techniques; in fact, thanks to his numerous publications and collaborations, the artist was able to acquire important commissions and international recognition. Among the most important are those of the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

The body of a woman suspended in mid-air is the central subject of this composition, she seems to come directly out of the hand of the figure positioned at the bottom right of the composition, who appears to be an artist in the act of painting with his palette, perhaps a self-representation of Chagall himself within the work.

The result is a dreamlike image that seems to come directly from the imagination of the Franco-Russian artist.

The work is hand-signed at lower right and numbered at left in a print run of only 30 copies.

1887 Vitebsk, Russian Federation

Marc Chagall is a Russian painter who eas born in Vitebsk in 1887 from an humble Jewish family. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Petersburg where he knew the art of Cézanne, Gauiguin and Van Gogh. In 1910 he moved to Paris where he met intellectuals and artists like Apollinaire, Robert Delaunay e Fernand Léger. His painting was a little influenced by Cubsm but hs style is more similar to Amedeo Modigliani's one. In 1914 he came back to Russia where he started exhibiting hs paintings and in 1917 he actively participated in Russian Revolution. From this experience he was been appointed commissar of arts for Vitebsk. He founded an Academy in his city but he left it one year later because of dissensions with supprematists. In 1919 he went to Moscow where he started writing his autobiography.

In 1922 he came back to Paris and he realized wonderful illustrations for literary works: Dead Souls by Gogol, Fables by La Fontaine and The Holy Bible. He was considered a degenerated artist by the Nazi regime and many works of him were bruned at Mannheim. In '40s he travelled to USA but when he came back he fell in the dumps because of the death of his wife Ida. In 1944 he estabilished in Provence and here we found again the joie de vivre, brilliant colours and a fabulous language. During these years he realized also sculptures and potteries. The art of Marc Chagall always remains linked to his origins. The protagonists of his paintings are Russian villages, countries and traditions, Jewish rituals and childhood memories. His fabulous and dreaming style is lightly influenced by Cubism and Fauvism. Soft and sinuous figures represent his never forgotten past: naivety and fantastic worlds make his composition fairy tales. Chagall died at Saint-Paul-de-Vence in 1985.


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