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Marc Chagall (French/Russian, 1887–1985)
LOT ID: 80639
The Clown with Flowers, 1963

Lithograph
18.25 х 12.75 in. (46.36 x 32.38 cm.)
Signed, and numbered '24/40' in pencil, lower recto.
Edition 24/40
Lot description
Marc Chagall, the eldest of nine children, was born in the Russian city of Vitebsk. He was trained in St. Petersburg from 1906 to 1909, where he also worked as a sign-writer. In 1910 he moved to Paris where he met members of the avant-garde such as Apollinaire, Delaunay, Léger, Modigliani and Soutine, and his work began to show the influence of Cubism. Chagall had his first solo exhibition in Berlin in 1914 but, upon visiting Russia, was forced to stay due to the outbreak of war.

Following the Russian Revolution, Chagall was appointed Fine Arts Commissar for Vitebsk and founded an art academy, but after suffering difficulties with two of his fellow teachers, Lissitsky and Malevich, he resigned. Based in France, though traveling widely, Chagall was granted French citizenship in 1937. Four years later, due to the occupation, Chagall was forced to leave his adopted homeland and headed to the United States. Following several successful retrospectives in the states, Chagall returned to France in 1948 and settled in a house near Nice.

Chagall's work was wide and varied, ranging from set and costume designs to very strong distinctive paintings and stained glass windows. He was inspired by the Hasidic tradition and the Bible and developed his style from elements of Cubism and Orphism. His pictures convey a dreamlike quality, and he is often cited as one of the precursors to the Surrealist movement. All of his works display a striking use of color, their vitality and originality ensuring his position as one of the most important and beloved artists of the 20th Century.

Selected Public Collections:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Tate Modern (London, UK)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland)
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
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