Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Title: La Sainte Famille au village, 1974 (s.9332)
Medium: Original drawing in Indian Ink, 1974, with green, red, blue & yellow pastel, on thin unwatermarked white paper, signed by the artist in black Indian ink. Verso in black ink, below left: Y/101 (It is uncertain as to whether or not this letter is a Y - it is badly formed)
Size: 24.8 x 16.2 cms
Provenance: The Joseph Liverant Estate, Ottawa, Canada. Joseph Liverant fled from Germany to take up residence in Canada at the time of the Second World War. After the war he purchased a residence in Beaulieu-sur-Mer close to St Paul de Vence where Marc Chagall lived. He and the artist became good friends and their warm relationship is evident in the numerous extant dedications on Lithographs, posters and books. After Joseph’s death the estate finally passed to his stepson, Felix Quinet who donated many works to The National Gallery of Canada. Upon his passing there was an Estate sale from which this item comes. It was sold together with numerous other works by Chagall many of which were dedicated to Joseph Liverant. A declaration from the family of the deceased stated that they believed all the works in the collection to have been acquired from excellent sources or from the artist himself.
Authenticity: The drawing was authenticated at a meeting of the Comite Chagall on the 1st June 2021 and certificate number 2021031confirms this.