La Danse, 1976-77
La Danse, 1976-77

MARC CHAGALL (1887-1985)

La Danse, 1976-77

1976 BC to 1977 BC United Kingdom

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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

As Picasso, another nonagenarian, did in his late works, Chagall created for himself a “theatre of memory” in which he continuously conjured up images from the past and revisited them in his paintings. Chagall has used numerous motifs culled from his early personal lexicon such as the donkey and the rooster but has added motifs from later on in his life. Chagall developed an abiding love for the beauty of the French landscape while he was painting the gouaches for Fontaine’s Fables in 1926-1927. Having lived in the Ile de France, the Auvergne and on the Mediterranean coast, sometimes away from Paris for weeks at a time, he found the pace of country living and indeed the people themselves very much to his liking. Chagall has added those motifs of French country life with the addition of village houses in the far right corner and background, of chickens and other farmyard animals, and of country folk. Additionally, the use of a monochromatic, sombre colour palette and different media creates a dreamlike atmosphere to the scene. Painted towards the end of his life, Chagall in La Danse, 1967/1977, is a sentimental snapshot into his life.
Galerie Maeght, Paris;
Sale: Sotheby’s London, 2nd December 1981, lot 273C;
Private Collection, London;
Private Collection, Hong Kong
Paris, Galerie Maeght, Derrière le Mirroir, 1977, no.31;
Munich, Hause der Kunst, Ausgewählte Graphik, 1978, no. 63, illustrated in the catalogue
Height 22.20 cm (8.74 inches)
Width 29.80 cm (11.73 inches)
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Ink wash, pen and ink, pastel, black crayon and pencil on paper
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