Marc Chagall

Yizkor - La prier du souvenir, 1946

Yizkor - The prayer of remembrance

Original Drawing in brown ink on paper, signed by the artist and signed “Chagall, Paris” below right, dated below left

8 1/3 x 4 1/2 inches (21.4 x 13 cm.)

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Yizkor, inscribed on the drawing in Hebrew above left, is a special memorial prayer for the dead which is received in the synagogue four times a year following the Torah reading: on the last day of Passover, on the second day of Shavuot, on Shemini Atzeret and on Yom Kippur. Yizkor, in Hebrew, means “Remember”. It is not only the first word of the prayer, it also represents its overall theme. In this prayer, we implore God to remember the soul of our relatives and friends who have passed on.

The drawing was made only one year after the end of the Second World War and doubtless reflects Chagall’s admiration and respect for a writer and scholar of Judaism. The Angel of the Lord can be seen above right. Perhaps the figures emerging from a door on the left are indeed those who should be remembered having perished in the Holocaust in the only too recent conflict. In 1946 all would have been aware of these tragic events.

Condition: Small fixing spot central. Otherwise in good condition.
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The Collection of Joseph Millner (Vice President of l’O.SE.E and member of l’association des ecrinains quiffs de France), by decent .
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Europe
Asking price:
$27,500

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Marc Chagall is one of the most influential Jewish artists of the 20th Century, and much of his work was influenced by his heritage. This piece captures one of the most important parts of Judaism – mourning and prayer for those gone. Yizkor, inscribed on the drawing in Hebrew above left, is a special memorial prayer for the dead which is received in the synagogue four times a year following the Torah reading: on the last day of Passover, on the second day of Shavuot, on Shemini Atzeret and on Yom Kippur. Yizkor, in Hebrew, means “Remember”. It is not only the first word of the prayer, it also represents its overall theme. In this prayer, we implore God to remember the soul of our relatives and friends who have passed on.

The drawing was made only one year after the end of the Second World War and doubtless reflects Chagall’s admiration and respect for a writer and scholar of Judaism. The Angel of the Lord can be seen above right. Perhaps the figures emerging from a door on the left are indeed those who should be remembered having perished in the Holocaust in the only too recent conflict. In 1946 all would have been aware of these tragic events.

Condition: Small fixing spot central. Otherwise in good condition.

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