About this artwork
Written in Hebrew above the snowy sky is the name of the city of Vitebsk, Marc Chagall’s birthplace. Often present in Chagall’s cityscapes is the image of the “wandering Jew,” carrying his cane and a sack of belongings on his back. Produced when Chagall was in Paris, this drawing can be seen as an image of the artist metaphorically carrying his home with him.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Marc Chagall
- Vitebsk, the Old Man Over the Village
- France (Artist's nationality)
- Made 1909–1919
- Black fiber-tipped pen and brush and black ink, with white gouache, over graphite, on off-white wove paper
- Signed recto, lower half, in black fiber-tipped pen: "Chagall"; verso, lower left, in pen and black ink: "CHAGALL"; inscribed recto, upper center, in black felt-tipped pen and graphite and brush and black ink (in Hebrew): "Vitebsk"
- 24.9 × 19.6 cm (9 13/16 × 7 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
- © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris