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Q: Chagall print ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Chagall print
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: jennifer10-ga
List Price: $7.00
Posted: 01 Aug 2006 10:47 PDT
Expires: 31 Aug 2006 10:47 PDT
Question ID: 751518
When I type Chagall into Google images, and get this page, please note the second
image, with the wedding couple and a sun up above. THis same image
appears ont he cover of a Chagall book by Taschen. Inside the cover,
it says, cover: "La Branche." when I look for Chagalls La Branche, a
different image comes up in almost every case. (You will see it if you
do a search for Chagall's La Branche. Now, I am trying to find the
museum that holds the one that I first mentioned, and trying to figure
out why it has the same name as the other. I am using it as part of my
wedding invitation and want to find a postcard of it, or at least a
clean image in a book.

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 01 Aug 2006 21:39 PDT
Hello jennifer10-ga,

I love Chagall and your question is exceptionally frustrating. It?s
hard to believe that such a beautiful work is not available in
reproduction. It?s in the Mie Prefectural Art Museum as pinkfreud-ga
found, but the museum?s website doesn?t provide any information about
the availability of prints. I can provide you with their phone and fax
numbers if you want to try to contact them.

I?ve looked through many catalogs of Chagall reproductions and it
seems that weddings and other lovers were a frequent subject for his
paintings. Several of these are somewhat similar to the painting
you?re looking for. Have you considered substituting another Chagall
since the one you want doesn?t seem to be available? I could provide
you with links to several possibilities.

Finally, I?ve looked up the Taschen book on Chagall you mention in
your question. Have you looked at it? It might give some help with
trying to track down reproductions of La Branche.
Marc Chagall: 1887-1985 (Hardcover) 
by Jacob Baal-Teshuva
ISBN: 3822882712 

Please let me know if any of these suggestions will meet your needs. Thanks.

~ czh ~
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Chagall print
From: pinkfreud-ga on 01 Aug 2006 17:26 PDT
This is puzzling. It appears that there may be more than one Chagall
painting known as "La Branche."

I believe the painting you want is part of the permanent collection of
the Mie Prefectural Art Museum, in Japan:

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to locate a print or high-res image.
Subject: Re: Chagall print
From: pinkfreud-ga on 01 Aug 2006 17:31 PDT
A bit more evidence: this image's title contains the word "Okada," and
(as detailed in one of the sites to which I linked above) Mie
Prefectural Art Museum received "La Branche" as a gift from the
Cultural Foundation of Okada:
Subject: Re: Chagall print
From: tutuzdad-ga on 01 Aug 2006 19:48 PDT
Dear jennifer10-ga 

I am posting this as a comment for the time being because I believe I
have answered your basic questions though I did not manage to find out
the exact location of the painting.

The actual name of the Chagall work you are referring to (the wedding
couple) is, ?Les mariés de la tour Eiffel?. It is said to be a self
portrait of Chagall and his wife Bella:


My French is not the best in the world, but here is a French
television interview in which a man named Marc Lévy briefly discusses
the painting.


I did manage to find what would probably prove to be one of the most
expensive, but pristine, copies you could manage to acquire from this

15.35" x 12.6" (39cm x 32cm) 
You can purchase 17x12.2 cm note cards, which would probably be ideal
for your purposes, from this source:

Item # CD336 

Many of his works are housed in the Musée National Message Biblique
Marc Chagall (National Museum of the Marc Chagall Biblical Message) in
Nice, France.


Much of his remaining collection is in the care of The Musee National
d'Art Moderne, located on the top floors of the Centre Pompidou in
Paris, France.


Unfortunately, ?Les mariés de la tour Eiffel? does not appear to be
among either collection. I was not able to determine where the
original painting currently is. The reason for the name mix-up remains
a mystery but I don?t think there is any irony here. While I did not
find the painting itself, I was able to identify it and tell you where
you can purchase the image for your purposes.

Is this enough information to satisfy you considering the circumstances?

Subject: Re: Chagall print
From: pinkfreud-ga on 01 Aug 2006 19:56 PDT
Note that tutuzdad is referring to a different image than the one to
which I referred in my comments. The Google Images link has changed in
the last few hours.

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