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Like many of Chagall's prints from the early 1920s 'The Vision' is based on an earlier work which dates from 1917. After Chagall moved to Paris in 1923 he created new versions of many of the works he had made in Russia. 'The Vision' depicts the young painter at his easel being visited by an angel. Chagall's paintings were often inspired by his dreams, and the winged angel is only one of many fabulous beings which people his compostions. Chagall recognised that through his art he could escape into his imagination. He later said that painting 'appeared to me like a window through which I could fly away toward another world.'

September 2004