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Maker(s):Chagall, Marc
Culture:Belorussian, active in France (1887-1985)
Title:Le Lion et le Moucheron (The Lion and the Gnat) from Les Fables by Jean de la Fontaine
Date Made:1927; 1952 print
Type:Print
Materials:Etching with aquatint
Measurements:Frame: 21 3/4 in x 20 in x 1 1/8 in; 55.2 cm x 50.8 cm x 2.9 cm; Image: 10 in x 19 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 49.5 cm
Accession Number:  UM 2013.32
Credit Line:Given in memory of Risa Gerrig '81 by the Gerrig-Peterson family.
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Description:
Black and white illustration of a story that demostrates strength and vulnerability.

Label Text:
Label text from “The Art of Collecting: Contemporary Prints from the Risa Gerrig Collection,” September 10 – October 12, 2014:
Influenced by the devout Jewish environment within which the artist was raised, Chagall’s artwork often references, and exists as a reaction to, the biblical narratives that he grew up with. Chagall creates a mysterious, moody atmosphere in this composition dominated by dark, etched black marks. The swirling lines disorient the viewer, while the imaginative, ghostly figures daunt us. The Lion and the Urchin evokes an emotional and visceral response from the viewer, highlighting the artist’s interest in portraying a sentimental essence rather than an anecdotal tale. - Felicia Bolaske (B.A. ‘14)

Tags:
black and white; insects; fables; allegory; animals

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