Rarely-seen Chagall painting to star in Impressionism auction in London

Bonhams, the British auction house founded in 1793, has a rarely-seen Chagall masterpiece in its Impressionism sale this June.


Chagall's La Revolution 1968

A MASTERPIECE BY Marc Chagall, rarely before seen in public, will be one of the stars of the Impressionist and Modern Art auction at Bonhams in London on 22 June.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was a pioneer of modernism in the 20th century. He was born in Russia but spent most of his life in France and his works reveal his Jewish heritage alongside his Russian background and the modern art influences he encountered in Paris.

This large painting in the Bonhams sale has an estimate of £1,200,000-1,800,000. It’s called La Revolution and shows elements of the Russian war of 1917 and the Spanish Civil War of 1936/7, along with his trademark ‘married couple’ and goat. It was thought to have been painted in 1937 but recent research suggests the true date to have been 1968. It was cherished by Chagall: he kept it at his house in Saint-Paul de Vence in France until his death in 1985.

Bonhams is a British auction house, founded in 1793, with offices worldwide. Further information on this sale, tel: (020) 7447 7447; or go to www.bonhams.com/impressionist.