[Shagal, Mark, Zakharovich, Moses]
Vitebsk, Belarus 1887-1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Russian/French)
Title: The Rider and the Rooster L’écuyère et le coq, 1943
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Wood Engraving on Japan Paper
Paper size: 47.5 x 33 cm. / 18.7 x 13 in.
Image size: 17.6 x 11.2 cm. / 7 x 4.4 in.
Additional Information: This original wood engraving is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Marc Chagall" at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil "14/20" at the lower left margin.
The artist created this rare subject in 1943 whilst in New York, but it was published in a limited number of 20 impressions in the early 1950s.
Literature: Kornfeld, E.W. (1971). Marc Chagall – Catalogue Raisonné de l’ouevre gravé. Vol I 1922-1966. Bern: Kornfeld & Klipstein.
Reference: Kornfeld 84
Condition: Excellent condition.
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.