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Bookstore display dedicated to Bella Сhagall. Signed and inscribed photo.

Bookstore display dedicated to Bella Сhagall. Signed and inscribed photo.

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Bookstore display dedicated to Bella Сhagall. Photo.  

N.p., mid-to-late 1970s?.
13x18 cm.

Signed on verso. Zilberstein's stamp on verso.
In good condition, light wear to lower left corner, light creasing to upper left and bottom right corners.

Signed and inscribed by Ida Сhagall (1916-1994): 'Ia prigotovila bolshie / foto moei mamy. i / pri vypustki knigi ee. / ochen mnogo knizhnykh / magazinov zdelali tokie / vitriny. Bylo ochen / udachno. i ia podumala / chto mozhet byt Vam / budet priiatno eto / uvidet. / Vasha. vsegda / Ira Sh.' [I have prepared large photos of my mom and for the release of her book many bookstores made such displays. It was very successful, and I thought that maybe you would be pleased to see this. Yours, always Ida Sh.].

According to the inscription, this photo captures the window display of a French bookstore featuring the memoir 'Lumières allumées' (Burning Lights) by Bella Rosenfeld-Chagall (1889-1944), released in 1973 (second French edition). She was a writer and the first wife of the painter Marc Chagall, who drew inspiration from her for much of his work. 'Burning Lights', originally written in Yiddish in France in 1939, was posthumously published in English in 1946 and in French in 1948, translated by Bella and Marc's daughter, Ida, known for popularizing her parents' creativity.
The window display is adorned with rare photos of Bella, including a picture of her with Marc during the creation of her portrait. 
This photo of the bookstore display was part of the collection of Ilya Zilberstein (1905-1988), a prominent literary and art critic, public figure, the editor of the multi-volume publication 'Literaturnye Pamiatniki' (Literary Heritage), and one of the most significant Soviet collectors. He played a key role in establishing the Museum of Private Collections, a department of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, which collection is based on his collection. Zilberstein is also credited as one of the individuals involved in the creation of the Central State Archive of Literature and Art. He facilitated the return of numerous historical documents related to the history of Russian culture from abroad and private collections to the state funds and archives of the USSR.
It is known that Zilberstein was Ida’s close friend, and they first met in 1959 when she traveled to Moscow.

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