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Young Girl on a Sofa (Sister Maryasksya). 1907

Chagall Marc,
Oil on canvas
74,5 х 91

Private collection, Europe


Young Girl on a Sofa is one of Chagall’s earliest known works. The girl depicted is 16-year-old Maryasenka, the artist’s sister, whom, like his other relatives, he frequently painted. For example, at the Contemporary Russian Painting exhibition in 1916 in Petrograd, there were several works featuring Maryasenka (No. 116, Maryasenka; No. 121, Maryasenka with Dog; No. 126, Maryasenka and Roza).

Author's Biography

Chagall Marc

Chagall, Marc (Shagal, Mark Zakharovich)
1887, Vitebsk - 1985, St Paul de Vence (France)
Painter, graphic artist. Studied at the Yehuda Pen School in Vitebsk (1906), School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1907-08), Seidenberg''s studio, under Mstislav Dobuzhinsky and Leon Bakst at the Elizaveta Zvantseva School of Drawing and Painting (1908-09) and in private studios in Paris (1910-14). Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (1912), Donkey''s Tail (1912), Salon des Independants (1912-14) and Jack of Diamonds (1916). Lived in Vitebsk and Petrograd (from 1915), director of the Vitebsk School of Art. Moved to Moscow (1920) and worked for the Jewish Chamber Theatre. Illustrated Nikolai Gogol''s Dead Souls and La Fontaine''s frobtes for Ambroise Vollard. Designed the sets and costumes for a production of Igor Stravinsky''s ballet The Firebird (1945). Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern An in New York (1946). Lived in Paris (from 1923), USA (from 1941) and St Paul de Vence (from 1950).

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