Das Geschenk

Marc Chagall
Das Geschenk
etching
1944-45

An original hand-signed Marc Chagall etching.

(The Gift)

1944-45

Original etching printed in black ink on wove paper with extensive hand-coloring in watercolor and gouache.

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Marc Chagall.

A superb impression of Kornfeld’s third and final state, from the edition of only 30 (there were an additional 20 impressions without hand-coloring, for an overall edition of 50). Published in conjunction with the Lionello Venturi book Marc Chagall; by Pierre Matisse, New York, 1945.

Catalog: Kornfeld 96.III.c; Cramer 51.

As James Johnson Sweeney has noted, “It was in Toulon in 1924, Chagall recalls, that the charm of French flowers first struck him. He claims that he had not known bouquets of flowers in Russia…He said that when he painted a bouquet it was as if he was painting a landscape. It represented France to him. But the discovery was also a logical one in the light of the change taking place in his vision and pictorial interests. Flowers, especially mixed bouquets of tiny blossoms, offer a variety of delicate color combinations and a fund of texture contrasts which were beginning to hold Chagall’s attention more and more.” (Marc Chagall, New York, 1946, p. 56)