Marc Chagall

Russian-French artist, 1887-1985

"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""). 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. According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be ""the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists"". For decades, he ""had also been respected as the world's preeminent Jewish artist""."

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887–1985). Autograph postcard signed. [Wohl Chianciano Terme]. 1 S. Qu.-8vo. Mit eh. Adresse. Mit einer Beilage (s. u.).
$ 2,694 / 2.500 € (26124)

In Yiddish language, to the American scenic designer Boris Aronson (1898–1980); written while taking a cure at a spa in Italy (which allows him enough time to work), the postcard is on an exhibition to which Maeght probably could contribute something. – Accompanied by a TLS by Chagall’s wife Vava (1905–1999) about a biography of her husband (dating Paris, April 23, 1971; 4to., 1 p.)

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Chagall, Marc

painter (1887–1985). Typed letter signed. Vence. 1 p. Folio.
$ 1,293 / 1.200 € (60031)

Chagall thanks Lotte Levy in London for her letter, and regrets that she didn’t receive the last letter he wrote to her in response. “Je vous disais que je n’ai pas oublié votre oncle et sa famille et que je garde d’eux un très fidèle souvenir. Je ne peux juger d’après la photo que vous m’avez adressée, s’il s’agit d’un original; ce d’autant plus que d’excellentes reproductions avaient été faites, à l’époque, du ‘Violoniste’. Pour vous renseigner, il me faudrait voir l’original: pouvez-vous me le faire parvenir? Si oui, je m’empresserai de vous donner mon avis […]“. - On stationery with printed letterhead „Les Collines“.

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Chagall, Marc

russisch-jüdischer Herkunft (1887-1985). Autograph letter signed (Russian). St. Paul de Vence. 4to. 2 pp. On the letterhead of „Hotel du Cap d’Antibes“. Russian. With envelope.
$ 13,470 / 12.500 € (74631)

To the newspaper editor Mark Weinbaum (1890-1973) in New York for „Nowoje Russkoje Slowo“: „[…] I won’t forget you Russians ,there’ […] Thank you for sending me the neswpaper with the fantastic article of Sedych“ (Andrej S., journalist and literature critic; from 1973 – after Weinbaum deceased – editor in chief of the „Nowoje Russkoje Slowo“). „Also thank you for the attention Ju. Stukalich“ (the writer Jurka Stukalich) „on the letter“. I was very touched by it. I kindly ask you to to give him the enclosed letter […] I am receiving Sunday newspapers and you image the interest in it.

May God allow that we will see each other again […]“ [translation]. - Mark Weinbaum knew and corresponded with many of the most important figures in the Russian immigration. Among his close friends were Ivan Bunin, Mark Aldanov, Boris Zaitsev, Aleksei Remizov, Savelii Sorin, Serge Koussevitsky, and Marc Chagall. He served on the staff of Russian language newspapers Russkoe Slovo, Russkii Golos, and Novoe Russkoe Slovo. From 1925 until his death he was editor in chief of Novoe Russkoe Slovo and was later president of the Literary Fund..

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Chagall, Marc

Russian-French painter (1887-1985). Postcard signed and illustrated. Saint-Paul-de-Vence. 16.6.1969. 8vo. 2 pp. With envelope.
$ 5,172 / 4.800 € (83298)

Postcard signed and illustrated in Chagall’s hand to Jean Leymarie,sent from „La Colline“, Chagall’s retreat in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, „[…] Merci pour votre livre que je viens de recevoir et que je trouve très réussi. Vava et moi allons le livre et y prendious certainmement un trés grand plaisier. amities de nous deux - Chagall is thanking for a book he and his wife Valentina, called Vava, received by Mrs. Leymarie. They enjoyed it and send their love. The postcard shows signature-illustrations by Chagall such as the sun, a hand holding on to a branch and his profile signed „Marc Chagall“. Marc Chagall is considered one of the most idiosyncratic artists of the 20th century.

With seemingly dreamy pictorial motifs, floating and flying figures, hybrid beings between humans and animals - and by lovers. Chagall always resisted being called a dreamer: „Call me a dreamer. On the contrary, I am a realist. I love the earth! I am a painter who is unconsciously conscious.“ For Chagall his motifs are linked with memories and meanings. Many of his seemingly surreal scenes come from the proverbs of the Jewish language, his childhood memories and his experience as a displaced and homeless Jew in exile. After World War II Chagall moved to Saint-Paul-de-Vence in the Côte d’Azur. Matisse and Picasso also lived nearby..

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887-1985). Autograph postcard signed. N. p. o. d. Oblong 8vo. 1 p.
$ 3,772 / 3.500 € (33613/BN28975)

To Alicia Berson, his benefactor, sending greetings from "Chagall's". - Somewhat spotty and dusty; small traces of mounting.

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Chagall, Marc

Russian-French painter (1887-1985). Autograph postcard signed and 2 postcards signed. Cortona and Venice. Oblong 8vo. Altogether 3 pp. With one envelope.
$ 2,694 / 2.500 € (47658/BN32576)

To Mr. and Ms. Julien Cain: "Bien à vous. Merci à bientôt | Marc Chagall", followed by some autogr. lines and signature of Aimé Maeght and his wife (Venice, [12. IX. 1960]. - The two other cards were written and signed by Vava, and signed by Chagall ("Marc").

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Chagall, Marc

Russian-French painter (1887-1985). Portrait photograph signed and inscribed. Copenhagen. 192:254 mm.
$ 2,694 / 2.500 € (72842/BN46910)

To the German architect and art professor Edgar Horstmann: "Pour Horstmann en bon souvenir et merci | Marc Chagall | 1960 | Kopenhagen". - From the studio of Albert Winkler, Bern.

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887-1985). Autograph letter signed. Paris. 07.10.1966. 1 S. 4to. Mit eh. adr. Kuvert.
$ 4,849 / 4.500 € (72994/BN47239)

To Haim Gamzou (1910-1982), director of the Art Museum in Tel Aviv, concerning his works for the state hall of the Knesset building and for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Chagall expresses his sorrow about not being able to attend the opening of the Knesset, because he was tied up with finishing three tapestries ("Gobelins") that he wants to donate to the Knesset. Meanwhile he had been to America where he surveyed the installation of his tapestries at the New Metropolitan Opera. Unfortunately Chagall has to visit America a second time in January to work on Mozart's Magic Flute.

- Chagall created two big wall paintings, located in the entrance hall, for the opening of a new building of the "Met" on 16. IX. 1966. For the Knesset Chagall designed, next to floor mosaics, as well three large tapestries that were unveiled on 18. VI. 1969. - Slightly creased; small hole outside the text area..

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Chagall, Marc

Russian-French painter (1887-1985). Autograph manuscript and autograph letter signed. N. p. o. d. 8vo. Manuscript: 16 pages on 4 bifolia. Letter: 1 page. In French.
$ 23,707 / 22.000 € (80944/BN52870)

To Jacques Guenne, editor of "L'Art vivant". A moving autobiography in which Chagall recalls his childhood in the Tsarist Empire and his early years of artistic training: "My father, with blue eyes and hands covered with calluses, worked, prayed and kept silent all his life. I too was silent. I did not know what I was going to do... I had delicate hands and I sought a daintier occupation, and the most important thing, which would not make me turn away from the sky and the stars [...] In my province I have never heard the words art, the artist.

But one day a comrade came to see me and, seeing my drawings, exclaimed: 'But you are a true artist'. What's an artist?, I asked". He also recalls his arrival in Paris in 1910 and his reaction to the works of the major artists of the second half of the 19th century: "At the Louvre I was afraid of Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, and soon my studio was full of paintings". He describes the evolution of his style, of his aesthetic ideas: "Everything around me, from the impressionists to the cubists, seemed too realistic [...] What tempted me the most was the invisible or so-called illogical side of form and spirit, without which the external truth was not complete for me, without resorting to the fantastic" (transl.). - Some stains, tiny marginal tears, a few small holes in the first leaft, but overall in fine condition..

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Chagall, Marc

Russian-French artist (1887-1985). Autograph letter signed. Paris. 4to. 1½ pp. With autograph envelope.
$ 4,849 / 4.500 € (86150/BN57102)

In Yiddish, to the German Jewish painter and engraver Hermann Struck (1876-1944) in Haifa, discussing Judaism, the fate of Jews in Palestine, and his nostalgia for his native land: "Tayerer H. Struck. Es fardrist unz woss mir hobn aych nischt gezehen in Pariz. Mir zainen giwen in Spanye [...]" (translation: "Dear Mr. Struck, We regret very much that we did not see you in Paris. We were in Spain at the time. I received your package with your work from Mr. Robinot's transport company these days to be sent to London as you wish.

I put it back in the same condition as I had received it from Mrs Thomson. And now, how are you? Are you happy now that the number of German Jews has increased in the country? Has not the spirit become worse? What are you working on? I am also working, in addition to various other concerns, but I am suffering - because I cannot breathe the air of my own country and its people. There is a lack of respect. I am not talking about the Russians ... I am talking about the Jews. I think we were born too late. Earlier, we would probably have found great Jews who would have given me 'walls' on which to express artistic feelings. But we wait in vain. Kiss your wife, my family sends its best regards. My daughter will soon be married. Write from time to time and don't forget your devoted Marc Chagall"). - With 2 small marginal flaws..

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887-1985). 3 (1 eigenh. und 2 ms.) Briefe mit U. Paris und Vence. Zusammen 2½ SS. auf 3 Bll. 4to.
$ 4,849 / 4.500 € (91354/BN60391)

In französischer Sprache an Louis Aragon über dessen Gedichte und andere Veröffentlichungen sowie über die Arbeit an der von Aragons Frau Elsa gewünschten Graphik "Le cheval rouge". 1964 dankt Chagall für einen Umschlag mit Gedichten: "Merci de tout mon cœur pour l'enveloppe avec cos poèmes - je me plongerai dedans pour les lire et les savourer [...] J'ai bien senti votre approche - et comment vous remercier - il faudra penser comment cela peut se transformer en un livre! Dites à Elsa que je n'ai pas oublié le 'Cheval rouge' [...]".

- 1965 dankt er für ein Buch Aragons: "A l'instant nous recevons votre livre réexpédié de Paris. Quelle joie ce sera pour nous de nous y plonger. J'ai d'ailleurs déja lu quelques bonnes critiques. Et vous savez comme j'aime votre style. Je voudrais vous prier de dire à Elsa que je fais le Cheval rouge ou l'apocalypse pour votre livre commun, mais comment vous montrer cela [...]". - Nach der Rückkehr von einer Amerikareise kommt Chagall im Juni 1966 noch einmal auf das "Cheval rouge" zu sprechen: "Nous voudrions savoir comment vous allez? Et aussi comment va mon 'apocalypse rouge' - pas dangereux-. Je pense à lui. - Nous rentrons d'Amérique. C'était un peu fatiguant, bien sûr. Et Dieu sait s'il ne faudra pas retourner là-bas! [...]". - 2 Briefe mit gedr. Briefkopf; von kleineren Randläsuren abgesehen sehr gut erhalten..

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887-1985). Eigenh. Briefkarte mit U. ("Marc et Vava"). O. O. Mit großer Lithographie versehene Glückwunschkarte zum Jahreswechsel und mit lithographisch eingedruckter Schrift "Bonne Année". 2 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.
$ 2,371 / 2.200 € (91355/BN60392)

In russischer Sprache an die Schriftstellerin Elsa Triolet, die Ehefrau von Louis Aragon: "Danke für Ihre Bücher, die mir der Verleger geschickt hat. Ich glaube, sie sind ganz gut gelungen, und ich 'schäme' mich nicht vor den alten Meistern, die in Ihrem Buch sind [...] Ich wünsche Ihnen zum neuen Jahr viel Arbeit und Gesundheit mit einem Lächeln. Unser Haus ist ein leeres. 'Message biblique', was Sie gesehen haben, ist jetzt im Louvre, wo man es ausstellen möchte, bevor es letzten Endes nach Nizza geht. Ich träume von Bänden, die Aragon nicht schlechter als die biblischen Zeilen schreiben wird [...]" (Übs.). - Stellenweise gering fleckig, sonst gut erhalten.

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887-1985). Eigenh. Briefkarte mit U. ("Marc et Vava"). O. O. Mit einer farbigen Orig.-Lithographie und lithographisch eingedruckter Schrift "Bonne année". 2½ SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.
$ 2,371 / 2.200 € (91356/BN60393)

In russischer Sprache an den Schriftsteller Louis Aragon und dessen Frau Elsa: "Ich habe Euch angerufen, wie es sich gehört, aber Ihr wart nicht da. Habt Ihr gut gemacht, seid weggefahren. Ich danke Euch für so einen freundschaftlichen Platz, den Ihr mir, dem armen Chagall, gegeben habt, die Gedichte von Aragon zu lesen. Es ist, als wäre ich neugeboren. Ach, wie gut er mich, und nicht nur mich, fühlt [...]" (Übs.). - Stellenweise leicht fleckig.

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887-1985). Briefkarte mit eigenh. U. ("les Marc Chagall et Vava"). O. O. Mit farbiger Orig.-Lithographie und lithographisch eingedruckter Schrift "Bonne Année". 2 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.
$ 1,616 / 1.500 € (91357/BN60394)

Von Vava geschriebene und von Chagall unterzeichnete Neujahrskarte an den Schriftsteller Louis Aragon: "A la fin de cette année, comme nous ne vous verrons pas, nous vous envoyons nos souhaits de bonne santé et de bonne année. Je veux aussi vous dire que j'ai lu très attentivement votre poème, sur les lettres Françaises, sous le ciel de St. Paul [...]". - Kleine Spuren ehemaliger Montage; etwas gebräunt. und stellenweise gering fleckig.

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Chagall, Marc

Maler (1887-1985). Ms. Brief mit eigenh. U. und eh. Zeichnung. St. Paul de Vence, "La Colline". 1 S. 4to.
$ 10,237 / 9.500 € (91358/BN60395)

An Louis Aragon, der ein poetisches Vorwort zu einer Chagall-Veröffentlichung verfasst hatte: "Maeght m'a envoyé la copie de votre préface. J'ai un seul mot, comme toujours c'est un splendide poème et je ne sais pas comment on peut mieux autrement approcher mon cas. Mais je vous ai souvent dit ce que sont vos écrits pour moi et encore une fois, je suis comblé [...] Vava se joint à moi pour vous féliciter chaleureusement de votre élection à l'Académie. Bravo!". - Die Zeichnung (mit Kugelschreiber) ist ein flüchtig skizziertes Selbstportrait mit angedeuteter Palette nebst Pinseln.

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Chagall, Marc

E. Brief mit U.
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Chagall, Marc, painter (1887-1985). ALS. Paris, [February] 1931. 1 p. 4to. Printed letterhead. € 5,000In Hebrew, to his former teacher, the graphic artist and writer Hermann Struck (1876-1944) in Haifa, whom Chagall and his family intended to visit during their journey through the Near East in March and April 1931. "[…] We plan to leave Paris on March 2 and sail from Marseille for Beirouth on March 3 […] I so much look forward to seeing Erez Israel and greeting you on our fathers' soil […]" (transl.). - Pencilled note of receipt at upper left.


Chagall, Marc

Eigenh. Handzeichnung mit Widmung und U. in: Jean Cassou. Chagall.
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Chagall's drawing shows the sun, a male bust in profile, and several roofs; the inscription to Monsieur Bauer "en bon souvenir" is dated Vence, 1967. - Well-preserved.


Chagall, Marc

Raissa Oumansoff Maritain: Chagall ou l'orage enchanté. Inscribed with a sketch by Chagall, depicting a pensive artist figure.
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The inscription reads, "Pour Jacques, Marc Chagall, 1949". - Wrappers chipped at head and tail of spine; together with a second uninscribed copy.


Chagall, Marc

6 original lithographs, all signed and hand-coloured, one inscribed.
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An ensemble of six fine lettercards, once given as a present to civil law notary Robert Cool, whose family usually spent their holidays in St-Paul de Vence, where they became acquainted with Chagall. - Somewhat spotty.


Chagall, Marc

Original lithograph, signed and hand-coloured.
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Chagall, Marc

Original lithograph, signed and hand-coloured.
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