Artwork of the Week: August 15

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Marc Chagall (Belorussian, active France, 1887–1985), Frontispiece from The Seven Deadly Sins (Les sept péchés capitaux), etching and drypoint, 1926. 10 x 7 5/8 in. Gift of Molly and Walter Bareiss, 1984.341. Gallery 6

Marc Chagall (Belorussian, active France, 1887–1985), Frontispiece from The Seven Deadly Sins (Les sept péchés capitaux), etching and drypoint, 1926. 10 x 7 5/8 in. Gift of Molly and Walter Bareiss, 1984.341. Gallery 6

For his mixed etchings illustrating the Seven Deadly Sins, Marc Chagall drew on his satirical, but affectionate, look at village life in his native Vitebsk, Belarus. His self-deprecating sense of humor is perfectly highlighted by the frontispiece—a witty self-portrait of the artist at his easel, represented as Envy (or Desire), with the heads of the six other deadly sins piled upon his own.


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