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I'm trying to find the value of my signed and number Chagall

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I'm trying to find the value of my signed and number Chagall litho
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: I know it's hand signed. numbered 87/90. I don't know the name of the painting. I can't find it anywhere, tho I have seen it in the past. It's a window full of flowers with a young couple embracing
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Submitted: 24 days ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  LadyTanya65 replied 24 days ago.
Hello my name is***** am a certified appraiser and would be happy to help you. Can you post a photo of the overall lithograph and a clear close up of the signature please. I am on a mobile device and it may say to rate me please wait for me to complete my work before rating. i will have this completed by this afternoon and will check.back if you are able to post photos. Thank you
Customer: replied 24 days ago.
Where do I post the pic??
Expert:  LadyTanya65 replied 24 days ago.
Within our post you can click on file upload and follow the prompts or email them to.***@******.*** and put "forCustomer the xompany will forward them on to me. Email can take a day or two and I will post as soon as I receive them. Thank you
Customer: replied 24 days ago.
Here u go
Customer: replied 24 days ago.
Did u get the photos?
Expert:  LadyTanya65 replied 24 days ago.

Hello, yes I have the photos thank you for these sorry for the delay. I will post back here shortly.

Expert:  LadyTanya65 replied 24 days ago.

Hi Thank you for the photos. Here is what I have found on the artist and the value.

This lithograph looks very similar to his paintings


Title: L'idylle en bleu

however there are slight differences. The value of this piece numbered 87/90 is $1200.00 in today's market; for insurance purposes if you wish to insure this lithograph it would insure for 1700.00

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Marc Chagall

Born: 1887 - Vitebsk, Russia
Died: ***** Paul de Vence, France
Known for: abstract village peasant theme paintings, public art


Marc Chagall was a man of keen intelligence, a shrewd observer of the contemporary scene, with a great sympathy for human suffering. He was born on July 7, 1887 in Vitebsk, Russia; his original name was Moishe Shagal (Segal), but when he became a foremost member of the Ecole de Paris, he adopted French citizenship and the French spelling of his name. Vitebsk was a good-sized Russian town of over 60,000, not a shtetl. His father supported a wife and eight children as a worker in a herring-pickling plant.

Sheltered by the Jewish commandment against graven images, the young Chagall never saw so much as a drawing until, one day, he watched a schoolmate copying a magazine illustration. He was ridiculed for his astonishment, but he began copying and improvising from magazines. Both Chagall's parents reluctantly agreed to let him study with Yehuda Pen, a Jewish artist in Vitebsk. Later, in 1906, they allowed their son to study in St. Petersburg, where he was exposed to Russian Iconography and folk art. At that time, Jews could leave the Pale only for business and employment and were required to carry a permit. Chagall, who was in St. Petersburg without a permit, was imprisoned briefly.

His first wife, Bella Rosenfeld, was a product of a rich cultivated and intellectual group of Jews in Vitebsk. Chagall was made commissar for the arts for the area, charged with directing its cultural life and establishing an art school. Russian folklore, peasant life and landscapes persisted in his work all his life. In 1910 a rich patron, a lawyer named Vinaver, staked him to a crucial trip to Paris, where young artists were revolutionizing art. He also sent him a handsome allowance of 125 francs (in those days about $24) each month. Chagall rejected cubism, fauvism and futurism, but remained in Paris. He found a studio near Montparnasse in a famous twelve-sided wooden structure divided into wedge-shaped rooms. Chaim Soutine, a fellow Russian Jew, and Modigliani lived on the same floor. To Chagall's astonishment, he found himself heralded as one of the fathers of surrealism. In 1923, a delegation of Max Ernst, Paul Eluard and Gala (later Salvador Dali's wife) actually knelt before Chagall, begging him to join their ranks. He refused.
To understand Chagall's work, it is necessary to know that he was born a Hasidic Jew, heir to mysticism and a world of the spirit, steeped in Jewish lore and reared in the Yiddish language. The Hasidim had a special feeling for animals, which they tried not to overburden. In the mysterious world of Kabbala and fantastic ancient legends of Chagall's youth, the imaginary was as important as the real. His extraordinary use of color also grew out of his dream world; he did not use color realistically, but for emotional effect and to serve the needs of his design. Most of his favorite themes, though superficially light and trivial, mask dark and somber thoughts. The circus he views as a mirror of life; the crucifixion as a tragic theme, used as a parallel to the historic Jewish condition, but he is perhaps best known for the rapturous lovers he painted all his life. His love of music is a theme that runs through his paintings.

After a brief period in Berlin, Chagall, Bella and their young daughter, Ida, moved to Paris and in 1937 they assumed French citizenship. When France fell, Chagall accepted an invitation from the Museum of Modern Art to immigrate to the United States. He was arrested and imprisoned in Marseilles for a short time, but was still able to immigrate with his family. The Nazi onslaught caught Chagall in Vichy, France, preoccupied with his work. He was loath to leave; his friend Varian Fry rescued him from a police roundup of Jews in Marseille, and packed him, his family and 3500 lbs. of his art works on board a transatlantic ship. The day before he arrived in New York City, June 23, 1941, the Nazis attacked Russia. The United States provided a wartime haven and a climate of liberty for Chagall. In America he spent the war years designing large backdrops for the Ballet.

Bella died suddenly in the United States of a viral infection in September 1944 while summering in upstate New York. He rushed her to a hospital in the Adirondacks, where, hampered by his fragmentary English, they were turned away with the excuse that the hour was too late. The next day she died.

He waited for three years after the war before returning to France. With him went a slender married English girl, Virginia Haggard MacNeil; Chagall fell in love with her and they had a son, David. After seven years she ran off with an indigent photographer. It was an immense blow to Chagall's ego, but soon after, he met Valentine Brodsky, a Russian divorcee designing millinery in London (he called her Fava). She cared for him during the days of his immense fame and glory. They returned to France, to a home and studio in rustic Vence. Chagall loved the country and every day walked through the orchards, terraces, etc. before he went to work.

Chagall died on March 28, 1985 in the south of France. His heirs negotiated an arrangement with the French state allowing them to pay most of their inheritance taxes in works of art. The heirs owed about $30 million to the French government; roughly $23 million of that amount was deemed payable in artworks. Chagall's daughter, Ida and his widow approved the arrangement.

Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Customer: replied 24 days ago.
$1200? Are you kidding me? It cost $12k 10 years ago. I find it hard to believe it's lost so much value.
Expert:  LadyTanya65 replied 24 days ago.

I am sorry for the typo It is 12,000.00 in value and 17000.00 for the insurance. Its value has dropped and rose over the last five years. In today's economy you would see the value to sell realistically with 8,000-10,000.00 Thank you for letting me know of this mistake. I apologize for the typo.

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