Marc Chagall, Bible, with complete text and 105 etchings, 1931-39. Estimate: $100,000 to $150,000.
Swann’s April 28th auction ofOld Master Through Modern Prints offers a particularly strong selection of portfolios and suites of prints by modern European masters including Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí and Egon Schiele.
Chagall’s Bible, with 105 black-and-white etchings, is among the most desirable lots in the sale. One of 275 numbered copies, signed in ink, it has a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. Chagall was commissioned by legendary Parisian art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard to illustrate the Old Testament, and it took the artist 25 years to complete the project. Chagall saw the assignment as an opportunity to visit the Holy Land—a trip that had a profound impact on his life and career. Upon Vollard’s death in 1939, the printing was taken over by editor and publisher Tériade.