Sometimes the word 'gallery' simply isn't enough. Yes, it's the core of a business dedicated to the best in painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. But here the books turn into paintings, the paintings turn into films. Watch our short film to find out a bit more about us and what we do.
The Chief of Police Arrives, 1948
Returning to Paris in 1923 he met the art-dealer Vollard for whom he illustrated Gogol’s Dead Souls and the Fables of La Fontaine. Between 1941-47 he moved between occupied France and the USA, eventually settling near Nice. Chagall was a prolific artist, his work reminiscent of Jewish life, bible stories and of the folklore from his early years in Russia. He died in 1985.
The story follows the ignominious hero Chichikov’s epic journey across provincial Russia as he barters with bureaucrats and swindlers to buy up the names of dead serfs. It afforded him limitless scope for returning, in his imagination, to the rural Russia of his childhood and allowed him to tap into the ‘magic chaos’ that chimed with his own art and life.
The etchings for the Dead Souls were executed between 1923 and 1927 and printed in 1927 where they then lay in Vollard’s warehouse ‘sleeping their sweet sleep’ as Chagall put it. They were finally united with the text and published by Tériade in 1948 after Vollard’s untimely death.
The suite is a wonderful affirmation of the human spirit and life and all its contradictions or as Meyer so eloquently puts it: ‘This entire world of stupidity, malice, and selfishness is rendered transparent through humour…Everywhere, running through all the comical elements, and borne along by a sort of inner joyfulness, there appears the fantastic, rich, inexhaustible reality of Russian life.’
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