Catalogue entry

Marc Chagall born 1887 [- 1985]

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).

Published in:
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