Fine Art/Marc Chagall


Hi Dan, I recently purchased a Marc Chagall print(Temptation) from a thrift store. It measures 17"X25" inside the frame. Two slivers of index cards are glued to the paper on the back of the frame; "Temptation, Marc Chagall 1887-". The other ones reads, "City Art Museum of St. Louis. Gift of Morton D. May". The C in Chagall is blocked by the edge of the metal frame, which I might add is impenetrable, because the rivets holding it together. I contacted the Museum, and was told that they may have produced some prints years ago, but they would've been 11"X14" not 17"X25". I can find no place online that sells the Temptation print, and the only views I get are tied to the museum, which does own the copyright. My question(finally), did the museum produce a short run of my print, possibly connected to the passing of, Morton D. May in 1983? PS. My print is definitely museum quality.
Thank you in advance for you're time.

The Chagall works I am familiar with were hand worked and hand signed by the artist. When you see: Gift of Morton D. May, or similar comments, it simply means the original painting was a gift to the museum, and has no bearing on the value of the print. They should probably re-word those types of comments as to not confuse the owner of the poster. If you feel the print is hand signed by the artist, I might be able to be of more help, but it does not sound like you have a signed original graphic?


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I can answer questions about Salvador Dali. While I cannot do FREE APPRAISALS, I might be able to help you sell your works. I can also help with Chagall, Miro, Picasso and other 20th Century Masters.

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Late 70's early 80's Worked for a printer and learned the art or Lithography. Early to mid 80's Managed a publishing company that produced fine art both living and reproductions of the masters. Mid 80's to 2003 Senior Art Consultant with well known broker of Dali, Picasso, Miro, Chagall,Vargas,Max,Warhol and others. 2004 - 2005 Independent Art Consultant. 2005-2006 Beverly Hills Art Gallery(Living Artists) 2006 - Present Salvador Dali Society. Senior Art Consultant.


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Studied Art History, Methods of printing, Various Mediums. Studied anatomy, sketch art, Complex shading technique, Acrylic technique. Bloch books(Picasso),Salvador Dali publications(extensive). 30 Years life Experience in the arts as an artist, fine art broker,Gallery Director,art consultant.

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