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Marc Chagall
David et Goliath

1955

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Gouache, pencil and Indian ink on paper 35.5 x 26.4 cm (14 ⅛ x 10 ⅛ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower left Executed 1955-56 This was a preliminary work for a lithograph for the 1960 Verve Bible publication. Provenance Collection of David McNeil, the artist’s son Private collection, Switzerland, acquired from the above, 1986 Exhibition Bundeskanzleramt Bonn (Federal Chancellery), Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle und Zeichungen, 15th November 1989 – 12th January 1990 Landesmuseum Mainz (State Museum), Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle und Zeichungen, 4th February – 22nd April 1990 London, Stern Pissarro Gallery, Marc Chagall: Master of Colour, June – July 2016 Literature P. von Zaberon, Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle und Zeichungen, 1989, no. 59, p. 85 (illustrated in colour) This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity from Jean-Louis Prat, on behalf of the Comité Chagall, dated 21st November 2013.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 13.98 in. x W 10.4 in.

    H 35.5 cm x W 26.4 cm

  • Gallery location
    London, GB
  • Reference number
    LU26121240463

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About Marc Chagall (Artist)

Described by art critic Robert Hughes as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century," the Russian-French modernist Marc Chagall worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, he developed his own, distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art.


Born Moishe Segal in 1887, in Belarus (then part of the Russian empire), Chagall is often celebrated for his figurative paintings, but he also produced stained-glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, in France; for the United Nations, in New York; and for the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as book illustrations, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine-art prints. Characterized by a bold color palette and whimsical imagery, his works are often narrative, depicting small-village scenes and quotidian moments of peasant life, as in his late painting The Flight into Egypt, from 1980.


Before World War I, Chagall traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. When the conflict broke out, he returned to Soviet-occupied Belarus, where he founded the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922. He fled to the United States during World War II but in 1947 returned to France, where he spent the rest of his life. His peripatetic career left its mark on his style, which was distinctly international, incorporating elements from each of the cultures he experienced. Marc Chagall remains one of the past century’s most respected talents.

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