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Marc Chagall
The Lion and the Gnat

1927

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Artist: Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985) Title: The Lion and the Gnat Year: 1927 Medium: Original etching Edition: fom the unumbered edition of 200 Paper: Japan Image (plate mark) size: 11.5 x 9.5 inches paper size: 14.85 x 11.15 inches Signature: Signed in the plate as issue Publisher: Teriade, Paris Printer: Maurice Potin Condition: Very good Frame: Framed in a custom wooden black frame, with gold color bevel Description: From the suite les Fables De La Fontaine, created in 1927 for Ambroise Vollard Editions and published in 1952 by Teriade. Catalogue raisonne Ambroise Vollard Editeur by E. Johnson #174

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 26.75 in. x W 22.25 in. x D 1.5 in.

    H 67.95 cm x W 56.52 cm x D 3.81 cm

  • Gallery location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference number
    LU66632464933
  • Seller reference number
    10475
  • More editions & sizes
    The image (plate mark) is 11.5 x 9.5 inches, sheet size is 14.85 x 11.5 inches, framed size is 22.25 x 20.75 inches Price: $1,750

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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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