Marc Chagall
The imaginary prophet
14 April – 15 June 2007
Press release

In conjunction with the great public exhibition "Chagall of wonders" underway at the Vittoriano complex in Rome, the Guastalla Centro Arte Gallery presents an exhibition of the famous Russian artist "Marc Chagall, the prophet of the imaginary".


Our journey starts from the lucky discovery of the rare original mixed technique in color "L'aigle, la laie et la chatte" (The eagle, the boar and the cat) of 1927 which is the sketch for one of the most beautiful engravings of the series of "The Fables of La Fontaine". This exhibition intends to capture one of the most important aspects of the activity of this great artist who characterized the entire 20th century, the century he crossed almost entirely. In fact, particular attention is paid to those cycles of illustrations that are inspired by sacred themes and important works of literature, such as Gogol's "Dead Souls", the "Fables of La Fontaine", and the "Bible, Old Testament", which Chagall devoted himself starting from the 1920s, above all through the medium of engraving and original lithography.


In this exhibition there are about 80 works including mixed techniques, engravings, also watercolors by the artist and original lithographs that represent a selection of the great cycles of illustrations to which Chagall dedicated himself, leaving a testimony of the highest level in the history of contemporary art. . He himself said in this regard: “It seems to me that something would have been missing if, apart from colour, I had not also dealt with engraving and lithography. Ever since my early youth, when I began to use the pencil, I have been looking for something that could expand like a current that washes over distant and alluring shores. Bent over the lithographic stone and the copper plate, I have the impression of touching a talisman. I seem to convey to them all my sadness, all my joys…”


The importance that Chagall attaches to his graphic work is also testified by the splendid engravings that he watercolors by hand, giving greater value to the work, some of which are on display in the exhibition.

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