The Fables of La Fontaine (19126-1927)

The cycle of gouaches of the Fables of La Fontaine, inspired by the fortunate encounter with the great publisher and art dealer Vollard, is one of the most astounding examples of Chagall’s innovative creativity during this period. Here he achieved a perfect balance between this classic work of French literature and the metaphors it contains, particularly dear to Russian culture.


  • The Frog and the Ox. Gouache on paper, 1927. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, inv. 6825

  • The Two Pigeons. Gouache, ink and Indian ink on paper, 1925. Collection Larock-Granoff – Paris

  • The Cat and the two Sparrows. Gouache and watercolour on paper, 1926. Collection Larock-Granoff - Paris

  • The Pigeon and the Fox. Gouache, pencil, coloured ink and pastel on coloured pape, 1926. Collection Larock-Granoff – Paris