Description & Technical information

This piece was a preliminary work for the 1960 Verve Bible publication. The subject is one of the most obscure of all those selected by Chagall for the project and comes from the "Book of Esther". Vashti, the wife of the Persian King Ahasuerus, resists an order to dance before him and his guests at a banquet and is banished, to be replaced as Queen by the Jewish heroine Esther.

Date:  Executed in 1958-59
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Russia, France
Medium: Ink wash, Gouache, Indian ink on paper
Signature: Signed with Estate stamp lower left, Marc Chagall
This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity from Jean-Louis Prat on behalf of the Comité Chagall dated 21st November 2013.

Dimensions: 32.9 x 26.7 cm (13 x 10¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Collection of David McNeil, the artist’s son
Private collection, Switzerland (purchased from the above in 1986)
Literature: P. Von Zaberon, Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle and Zeichunggen, 1989, no. 70, p. 96 (illustrated in colour)
Exhibitions: Bundeskanzleramt Bonn (Federal Chancellery), Marc Chagall, Die Bibel: Gouachen, Aquarelle, Pastelle und Zeichnungen, no. 70, p. 96 (illustrated), 15th November 1989 – 12th January 1990, later travelled to Landesmuseum Mainz (State Museum), 4th February – 22nd April 1990.
London, Stern Pissarro Gallery, Marc Chagall: Master of Colour, June – July 2016, pp. 30-31 (illustrated)

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints