“Marc Chagall”

Chagall retrospective at the Fort de Bard

From 25 June to 13 November, the Fort de Bard in the Aosta Valley,  is presenting a major summer exhibition on Marc Chagall, thanks to the Fondation Maeght’s loan of the painting La Vie (1964), one of the artist’s masterpieces. 180 works will be gathered around this masterpiece that will be making its first appearance in Italy. Due to its complex and monumental nature, most of the themes dear to the painter are represented in the work; this is why it will be the starting point of the exhibition. Olivier Kaeppelin, director of the Fondation Maeght has commented on this major exhibition: “This painting is crucial to the work of Marc Chagall as it revives all episodes of his life but also all the styles to which he took recourse in his different periods of creation. From cubism to popular imagery, via “free colour” expression, he uses, with both simplicity and mastery, the modes of expression essential for him to reach the greatest intensity and above all the greatest aesthetic...

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Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale Results

On 6 November 2015, Sotheby’s New York held their Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale, making a total profit of $53,339,500. The top-selling work was Picasso’s Tête à l’oiseau (1971) at $2,230,000 (£1,467,974), falling within its estimate of $2,000,000 and $3,000,000. It was followed by Joan Miró’s Femme et Oiseau III/X (1960) which sold for $1,810,000 (£1,191,495) again matching its estimate of $1,500,000 – 2,500,000. In joint third position came Pierre Auguste Renoir’s La Cagnes—Paysage avec rivière (1917) and Marc Chagall’s Vision des mariés (1977), which both fetched $1,570,000 (£1,033,507), with Renoir’s painting far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $700,000 – 1,000,000, while the Chagall work sold for within its estimate. Other works featured in the sale included an oil portrait of a bather by Paul Cézanne, a 1906 Fauve picture by Raoul Dufy, a rare oil by Heinrich Campendonk from the collection of Jules and Gladys Reiner and a port scene entitled Port de Bordeaux (1911) by André Lhote, which was the sixth-highest-selling work at $1,210,000 (£796,524) . In total, the auction house made a turnover of $53,339,500 with ten works selling for higher than $1...

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Klimt, Degas, Malevitch: £178.6 million for Sotheby’s impressionist & modern art sale

On 25 June 2015, the impressionist and modern art sale at Sotheby’s London totalled £178.6 million (€250.9 million). This sale was highly anticipated due to the artworks offered. Despite the predictions, the Portrait of Gertrud Loew (1902) by Gustav Klimt, estimated between £12 and 18 million, became the highlight of the sale, selling for £24.8 million, dethroning the painting Suprematism, 18th Construction (1915) by Kasimir Malevitch, which sold for £21.43 million. Another highlight was The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, by Edgar Degas, one of his first bronzes owned by a private collection, which reached a sum of £15.83 million. Other significant sales included A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1881) by Édouard Manet which went for £16.95 million, and Deux personnages (La lecture) (1934) by Pablo Picasso, which sold for £16.39 million. However, the most expensive works are not the ones that most exceeded their estimates; Les Amoureux de Vence (1957) by Marc Chagall almost doubled its high-end estimate, selling for £2.84 million, Two riders on the beach to the left (1901) by Max Liebermann went for £1.86 million, exceeding a high-end estimate of £550,000, and Two women and child (1948) by Henry Moore, sold for more than five times its estimate, reaching a sum of £2.16 million. About this sale, Helena Newman, the Global Co-director for impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s, said: “This evening sale was marked by three works being restored to their original owner, each of them exceptional and enriched by a powerful story. These past years, the improvements regarding the restoration processes have added a new dimension to our sales, enabling sales of paintings such as those by Klimt, Liebermann, and Malevitch. We are very happy for the inheritors of those who owned the works, that the paintings have managed to reach such high...

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Marc Chagall exhibition at the Chiostro del Bramante

Until 26 July 2015, Rome’s Chiostro del Bramante in Italy is displaying the works of artist Marc Chagall in an exhibition directed by Ronit Sorek and entitled “Love and Life”. This exhibition will present over 150 works executed by Marc Chagall, featuring drawings, watercolours, and lithographs that are not representative of the majority of the artist’s masterpieces, but that are more of a retrospective focused on the lesser known characteristics of his artistic practice, such as his self portraits. The latter do not glorify the artist although he did a great number of these, varying his numerous attempts. The exhibition also comprises videos and a video-mapping installation, which aim to present these lesser-known works in detail. Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is a Russian-born Jewish painter who spent a large amount of his life living and working in France. His work is inspired by the Jewish tradition, Shtetl life, and Russian folklore, and his paintings are characteristic of the movements Surrealism and Neo-Primitivism. As well as canvas painting, he also tried his hand at sculpture and poetry, in addition to stained glass painting and enamel...

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Chagall’s drafts for stained-glass windows to be displayed in Mainz

Marc Chagall’s 1982 drafts for the famous stained-glass windows at the St. Stephen Church in Mainz, Germany, will go on display in the city next week before joining the permanent collection of the Diözesanmuseum (Diocesan Museum) in Tübingen, Art Magazin reports. After failing to sell at a Sotheby’s auction in New York last year, the hand-sketched plans for the windows were purchased for €70,000 by the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the St. Stephen Church and a group of local businessmen. The windows are Chagall’s largest glasswork and the last ones designed before his death in 1985. At the time, the Jewish artist’s agreement to design the work for a Christian Church was hailed as an important symbol of inter-faith relations in Germany. Marc Zakharovitch Chagall, born in 1887, was a Russian-French artist. Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century”, whilst 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....

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