Marc Chagall / The Praying Jew / 1923Marc Chagall
The Praying Jew

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Creator Name: Chagall, Marc
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French; 1887-1985; b. Belarus
Creator Name-CRT: Marc Chagall
Title: The Praying Jew
Title Type: preferred
Title: The Rabbi
Title Type: alternate
Title: The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk)
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1923
Creation End Date: 1923
Creation Date: 1923
Creation Place: Europe,France
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Modern and Contemporary Art
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 46 x 35-3/16 in. (116.8 x 89.4 cm)
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: MArc / ChAgAll
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1937.188
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Joseph Winterbotham Collection
Copyright: ? Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Context: Chagall painted the first version of "The Praying Jew" during a visit to his native city Vitebsk in 1914. The visit was prolonged by the outbreak of the First World War. On his return to Paris in 1923, Chagall painted two copies of the work. According to Chagall's autobiography, the sitter was an itinerant beggar invited to pose in the white-and-black thalis (prayer shawl) and phylacteries (leather boxes containing scriptural passages) of the artist's father.There are 3 versions of the painting of the rabbi. The first is in the collection Im Obersteg, Bern. The second is in the Collection of the Museo d'Arte Moderna, Venice, bought from the Venice Biennale 1928 and inscribed "No 2 Paris" under signature on recto. The AIC's is the third.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1937.188
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 2000

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