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Marc Chagall (Russia, 1887-1985 France): Etchings for Gogol's Dead Souls 3

Our Chagall pages are arranged thematically and/or by series and illustrate over 200 different etchings and lithographs.
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Paris / Paris2 / The Village / The Circus / Circus 2 / Lovers / Lovers 2 / Music / Music 2
Flowers / Flowers 2 / Self Portraits / Self Portraits 2

Dead Souls (1923-27) / Dead Souls 2 / Dead Souls 3 / Dead Souls 4 / Dead Souls 5 / Maternité (1925-26) /
Fables of La Fontaine (1927-30) / Fables 2 De Mauvais Sujets (1958)/ / Et sur la terre (1977)

Chagall and the Bible
Etchings for the Bible (1930-39, 1952-56) / Bible Etchings 2 / Bible Etchings 3
1956 Verve Lithographs for the Bible / 1956 Bible Lithographs 2
1960 Verve Lithographs for Drawings for the Bible / 1960 Bible Lithographs 2 / 1960 Bible Lithographs 3
The Story of the Exodus (1966) / Exodus 2 / The Jerusalem Windows (1962) / Other Biblical Subjects

Chagall in black and white / Signed Chagall Etchings and Lithographs
Original Posters

Review, 12/10/03 Rhythm Section (an entertainment guide jointly produced by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital Times)
The etchings for the Dead Souls were executed between 1923 and 1927 and printed in 1927; the sheets were stored in Ambroise Vollard's warehouse until he could publish them, but unfortunately his own death in an automobile accident and Chagall's flight from German-occupied France kept them hidden until Teriade and Chagall published them in 1950. Les Ames Mortes was issued in an edition of 285 on velin d’arches, the first 50 containing a suite on japon, and 33 artist’s proofs hors commerce. All of the portfolios were signed by the artist. Many of the plates are signed in the plate. There are no pencil-signed impressions. For a more extended introduction and a select bibliography, please see Dead Souls 1
The Registry of Deeds (Sorlier 61, Hannover 103). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No hand-signed impressions exist. Included in the 1970 exhibit of Chagall's graphics at the Bibliotheque Nationale; illustrated in Meyer, Chagall: His Graphic Works (1957). Image size: 277x220mm. Price: $5500.
Le Port de Blé (Sorlier 63, Hannover 99). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No hand-signed impressions exist. Illustrated in Westfalen 1985. Image size: 214x277mm. Price: $5000.
The haulers (Sorlier 64, Hannover 100). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. Chagall's etchings for Gogol's Dead Souls are among his earliest etchings. They are also some of his finest. No hand-signed impressions exist. Illustrated in Meyer, Chagall: His Graphic Works and Wesfalen 1985. Image size: 218x284mm. Price: $5000.
Banquet at the Police Chief's House (Sorlier 65, Hannover 106). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No hand-signed impressions exist. Illustrated in the 1987 Moscow Chagall exhibition and Westfalen 1985. Image size: 277x218mm. Price: $5000.
Petrouchka retires les bottes / Petrochka removes Tchitchikov's boots (Sorlier 68, Hannover 108). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No hand-signed impressions exist from the published edition. Ours is a very rare (if not unique) pencil-signed trial proof labeled "Essai" lower left. After this proof, Chagall added more hatching to Petrochka's chest and hair, Tchitchikov's back and boots, and the area of floor by Petrouchka's foot. There is a full page ilustration in Sorlier's Marc Chagall and Ambroise Vollard. A very crisp and sharp impression. Image size: 277x220mm. Price: $9500.
Selifan interrupts Petrouchka cleaning (Sorlier 69, Hannover 109). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Included in the 1970 B.N. show of Chagall's graphics; illustrated in Meyer, Chagall: His Graphic Works (1957), Wesfalen 1985, and in the 1988 Moscow Chagall exhibition. Image size: 277x220mm. Price: $5000.
The Witnesses (Sorlier 71, Hannover 105). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No hand-signed impressions exist. Illustrated in Meyer, Chagall: His Graphic Works. Image size: 216x275mm. Price: $5000.
Révélations de Nozdriov (Sorlier 72, Hannover 114). Original etching with drypoint, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No hand-signed impressions exist. Chagall's etchings for Gogol's Dead Souls are among his earliest etchings. Included in the 1970 B.N. show of Chagall's graphics; illustrated in the 1987 Moscow Chagall exhibition. Image size: 277x211mm. Price: $5000.

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