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

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

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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
Apparition de Tchitchikov (Hannover 112, Sorlier 74). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No hand-signed impressions exist. Included in Franz Meyer, Marc Chagall: His Graphic Work (Abrams 1957), the 1970 Bibliothèque National show of Chagall's graphics. Image size: 222x280mm. Price: $5000.
The night watchman by the street-lamp (Hannover 115, Sorliier 75). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Image size: 277x220mm. Price: $5000.
Dames charmante et charmante a tous egards / A charming lady chatting with a lady perfect in every possible way Hannover 116, (Sorlier 76). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Image size: 278x211mm. Price: $5000.
Ball at the governor's house (Hannover 113, Sorlier 82). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Illustrated at the 1987 retrospective of Chagall's prints at the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall (Nice). . Image size: 213x305mm. Price: $5000.
Le Suisse ne laisse pas entre Tchitchikov (Sorlier 85, H. 126). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Illustrated in the Bibliotheque National show of Chagall's graphics; illustrated in Marc Chagall: His Graphic Work (1957), Passeron, Maîtres de la Gravure: Chagall, and Westfalen 1985; included BN 1970. The title mockingly compares the footman who denies Tchitchikov entry to the Pope's Swiss Guards. Image size: 278x211mm. Price: $5000.
Tchitchikov's toothache (Hannover 124, Sorlier 88). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Illustrated in the 1970 Bibliothèque National show of Chagall's graphics; illustrated in Meyer, Marc Chagall: His Graphic Work (1957), and Westfalen 1985. Image size: 277x210mm. Price: $5000.
Notre héros tenait a etre pret ( Hannover 127, Sorlier 89). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. Illustrated in Meyer, Marc Chagall: His Graphic Work (1957). The title—"Our heroes believe in being ready" (to depart)—suggests that they are used to having to run from the law on short notice. Image size: 278x211mm. Price: $5000.
New chief at the Treasury (Hannover 133, Sorlier 94). Original etching, 1923-27. 335 impressions signed in the plate + 33 HC. No pencil-signed impressions exist. This work shows a younger Tchichikov as a newly-chosen bureaucrat; he loses his job when he is caught stealing from the treasury. It is not as though all of his colleagues do not do the same; he was just sloppy enough that he was caught! Chagall's etchings for Gogol's Dead Souls are among his earliest etchings. Included in the 1970 exhibit of Chagall's graphics at the Bibliotheque Nationale. Image size: 211x277mm. Price: $5500.

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