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La Reve de l'Ane(138 views)
Created in 1968, this color etching and aquatint is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887- Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin. This piece is numbered 9 from of 50 in the lower left margin.
Image Size: 11 ⅞ x 9 ⅜ in. (301 x 238 mm.) Paper Size: 19 x 14 ⅞ in. (488 x 377 mm)
A wondrous scene unfolds in Marc Chagall's "La Reve de l'Ane " (The Donkey's Dream), 1968, Three figures, two men and a donkey are the main subjects of the work. The donkey is bathed in a yellow glow as it holds a candle in its right hand. It follows a figure which appears to have two faces. Above them sits a character on a swing, overlooking the scene unfolding below. The work is aptly titled as the figures appear floating above a town, each given its own role in a dreamlike scene. The subtle colors of gold and yellow imbue the image with the tranquility of night time.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA: Chagall Donkey's Dream (La Reve de l'Ane ), 1968, fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisins and texts:
1. Marc Chagall, Graid Cramer : treat ans de travail et d'amitié : exposition, 8 juin, 15 aot 1992. Genve: Galerie Patrick Cramer, 1992. Listed and illustrated as plate no. 63.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing: Chagall Donkey's Dream (La Reve de lane ), 1968, Framed to a museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a contemporary gold moulding, finished with linen mat, gold fillet and optical grade Plexiglas.
6 July 1887 - 28 March 1985
Marc Chagall was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.
Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century (though Chagall saw his work as not the dream of one people but of all humanity). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be the last survivor of the first generation of European modernist's. For decades, he had also been respected as the world's preeminent Jewish artist. Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the United Nations, and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opra.
Before World War I, he traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country's most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922.
He had two basic reputations, writes Lewis: as a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism's Golden Age in Paris, where he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism. Yet throughout these phases of his style he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk. When Matisse dies, Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.
Provenance: Elliott Gallery, New Orleans
Dimensions: 18.25" x 15"
Medium: Aquatint & Etching
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