N05757 L'Apparition (The Vision) 1924-5/c.1937
Inscribed 'Marc Chagall' b.r.
Etching and aquatint, hand-coloured in gouache and pastel, 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 (36.6 x 26.7) on sheet 19 1/4 x 15 1/8 (48.8 x 38.3)
Presented by Lady Clerk 1947
Prov: Lady Clerk, Paris and London (from the artist)
Lit: Eberhard W. Kornfeld, Verzeichnis der Kupferstiche Radierungen und Holzschnitte von Marc Chagall. Band I: Werke 1922-66 (Bern 1970), No.44, p.96, etching repr. p.97 as 'Die Erscheinung. I'
The etching was made in Paris in 1924-5 and its composition resembles that of a painting made in Russia in 1917-18. This print is an unnumbered impression of the third, final state which was published in an edition of 100, numbered from '1/100' to '100/100'. Chagall told the compiler that he hand-coloured several prints, each differently; this one was coloured for Lady Clerk about 1937. The etching was printed by Louis Fort.
Chagall made a further etching of this theme in 1965, but with a rather different composition, which is catalogued by Kornfeld (No.122) as 'Die Erscheinung. II' (The Vision II).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.111-12, reproduced p.111