CHAGALL: The Early Etchings

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Le Cheval s’étant voulu venger du Cerf, 1927-30, (Stag Hunting in the Forest), Etching

October 23 — December 17

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 25, 3:30-5:00pm

In the early 1920s Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard commissioned artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) to create a set of etchings. This selection of 65 prints illustrates two popular literary works: Nikolai Gogol’s (1809-1852) Dead Souls, an 1842 classic novel, and Fables, Aesop-like tales by French author Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695). This selection of etchings was originally owned by the Italian art historian and critic Lionello Venturi. It was presented as a gift to Rosabianca Skira, wife of Swiss publisher Albert Skira.