Marc Chagall, Méditation (Meditation), 1979

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Méditation (Meditation), 1979
Reference:M 941
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image:19 11/16 in x 14 15/16 in (35.5 cm x 30.0 cm)
Sheet:23 3/4 in x 17 1/4 in (60.3 cm x 43.8 cm)
Framed:34 3/4 in x 3111/16 in (88.3 cm x 80.5 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4964


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Historical Description

Chagall Méditation (Meditation), 1979 uses modern and whimsical elements to create a soulful portrait of a rabbinic man deep in contemplation. Born to a Hasidic family and often described as the quintessential Jewish artist, Marc Chagall was greatly influenced by his cultural and religious heritage, manifesting in this work in both subject matter and his iconic, folkloric style. True to the Hasidic interpretation, the central figure meditates in the forest. Immersed in thatched woods of gestural marks, the focus of this piece is the central figure, shown huddled, captivated in his text. Above him, two angelic figures present the Torah, with its distinctive red color, symbolizing life. An offering of immense expression and empathy, Meditation is a stunningly surreal expression of spirituality and prayer.

Created in 1979, this color lithograph is hand-signed in pencil by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in the lower right margin. This work is numbered from the edition of 50 in the lower left margin.


  1. Gallery de Medici, Inc., San Francisco, California
  2. Private Collection, San Francisco, California
  3. Private Collection, San Jose, California

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Marc Chagall Meditation (Méditation), 1979 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work).

1. Gauss, Ulrike, ed., Marc Chagall: The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 1998. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 941.

2. Mourlot, Fernand & Sorlier, C.,The Lithographs of Chagall, Vol. V 1974 – 1979. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 941.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:

Marc Chagall Meditation (Méditation), 1979 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas