Marc Chagall, “Apocalypse in Lilac: Capriccio” (1945), via speakingoffaith.

Apocalypse in Lilac: Capriccio

Chagall’s series has been pretty thoroughly documented and well-catalogued — until October of last year. A previously unknown 1945 gouache painted by the French-Russian artist while living in New York surfaced in a recent auction in Paris. Keeping it on the down-low, the London Jewish Museum of Art purchased “Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio” for the relatively paltry sum of 30,000 euros, about $43,000. The small museum kept it quiet so that major museums and other collectors wouldn’t bid up the price. And, now, after all these years in hiding, the painting will be displayed in London this coming week.

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