In 1931 Parisian art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard sent artist Marc Chagall to Palestine to get a feel for Biblical landscapes. What resulted some 25 years later was Chagall’s “Bible,” a suite of 105 black-and-white etchings depicting Old Testament scenes. Just 275 numbered copies were produced, and Swann Galleries will sell one of these at its April 28th Old Master Through Modern Prints auction, where it’s estimated at $100,000-$150,000.
Update: The Chagall Bible sold for $156,000, and the Egon Schiele for $78,000.
It’s an exceptionally broad offering at the sale with no fewer than 66 works by Rembrandt and 10 by Picasso, including his “Jeunesse” ($35,000-$50,000). Egon Schiele’s “Das Graphische Werk von Egon Schiele (est. $50,000-$75,000) is another highlight, along with Salvador Dali’s “Flora Dalinea” (est. $40,000-$60,000). In addition, there are works by Escher, Giacometti, Miro, Whistler, Degas, and Mary Cassatt, among many others.
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