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The Bitch and her Friend by Marc Chagall

The Bitch and her Friend by Marc Chagall




Edition Size: 200

Sheet Size: 41.5 x 33.6 cm


Condition: Excellent

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This edition is sheet 16 from “La Fontaine’s Fables”, a project for the famous art dealer Ambroise Vollard, which Chagall worked on between 1927-1930 and was published in 1952. It is in stunning condition and is beautifully hand-signed in pencil.

Vollard’s choice of Marc Chagall to illustrate La Fontaine’s work created an uproar at the time; Chagall’s dreamy, romantic touch deemed too wistful to accompany the classical French masterpiece. Vollard insisted on Chagall by declaring that Chagall bridged the gap between their respective styles, saying about Chagall, “…his aesthetic seems to me in a certain sense akin to La Fontaine’s, at once sound and delicate, realistic and fantastic.”



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Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall began using printmaking techniques when he was 35 years old. He produced a lot of lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts while residing in Berlin, Germany, during the time. The art dealer Vollard hired Chagall in 1923 to illustrate the Bible, La Fontaine’s Fables, and The Dead Souls by Gogol.

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