Current Auction: March 16th, 2017
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Lot: 235 Group of eleven Autograph Letters Signed by Marc Chagall, all written in Yiddish to David Giladi. With one typed letter in French to Giladi from Mrs. Chagall; an invitation to an exhibition, inscribed by Chagall; all with corresponding autographed envelopes.
Accompanied by: Sibir (Siberia). Poetry by Abraham Sutzkever. Illustrated by Marc Chagall. Jerusalem, 1952. Warmly inscribed on title page, by both Author and Illustrator. All seven text illustrations signed by Chagall in blue ink. Further details concerning these letters available upon request.
Venice: 1970's. Est: $4,000 - $6,000
A moving collection of letters by Chagall in which tension is clearly discerned between the artist's universalist tendencies, his deep and abiding Jewish ethos, and his fervent love for the youthful State of Israel.
David Giladi (1908-2009) was one of the founders of Israel's Ma'ariv daily newspaper and editor of its literary magazine. He later served as Israel's ambassador to Hungary. The title page of this book of poems bears warm inscriptions from both Sutzkever and Chagall, with whom Giladi maintained an ongoing correspondence throughout the 1970s. Giladi's biography of Chagall appeared the year following the artist's death in 1985.