One says (On dit); The Rabbi, Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall
One says (On dit); The Rabbi
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Eine zweite Version aus den 1920er Jahren befindet sich heute im Kunstmuseum Basel (Inv. Nr. 1738).

Marc Chagall

One says (On dit); The Rabbi, 1912


Dimensions
130.0 x 90.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
LG 85
Acquisition
On permanent loan from a private collector since 2011
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

“Art seems to me a state of mind more than anything,” Chagall said to his friend Guillaume Apollinaire. Inner worlds are also the theme of the painting ‘One says’, executed in Paris in 1912, in which a rabbi interrupts his perusal of a book to treat himself to a pinch of snuff. Concentrating on yellow, green and black, the work’s palette contributes as much to the painting’s enigmatic atmosphere as it does to the artist’s upside-down signature. In the 1920s, Chagall carried out a second version of this early major work (now in the Kunstmuseum Basel).

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Title
One says (On dit); The Rabbi
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Oil on canvas
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts, spiegelverkehrt, weiteres unlesbar: Chagall
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  • Meyer 195

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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
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On permanent loan from a private collector since 2011

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05.11.2019