Marc Chagall
The Cat Transformed into a Woman c.1928–31–1947

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Marc Chagall 1887–1985
The Cat Transformed into a Woman
La Chatte métamorphosée en Femme
Date c.1928–31–1947
Medium Etching, drypoint and oil paint on paper
Dimensions Support: 295 x 241 mm
Acquisition Presented by Lady Clerk 1947
Not on display

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In 1926 Ambroise Vollard commissioned Chagall to illustrate La Fontaine's 'Fables'. 'The Cat Transformed into a Woman' illustrates the story of a man who so adored his cat that he was able to turn her into a woman and marry her. He thought she would be the perfect wife. However, he soon realised he could not change her in every respect, as she still chased mice. This work is one of a hundred etchings executed by Chagall for the 'Fables'. Vollard was criticized for not commissioning a French artist, but he believed Chagall shared the same aesthetic sense as La Fontaine, 'being at the same time naive and subtle, realistic and fantastic'.

August 2004

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