Chagall has drawn a fanciful artist's palette, 7 x 9 inches. On the palette with lines suggesting brushes he writes, "Vence 1951." Chagall signs in full to the left of the palette, "Marc Chagall" and inscribes above to his friend Horace Richter.
Horace Richter (1918-2006) was an art gallery owner in Tel Aviv as well as an art collector. 1951, the date of Chagall’s dedication to Richter, suggests both attended the Venice Biennial because of past participation in the art event. Chagall was at the Venice Biennial of 1948. He exhibited there and won the graphics prize for his color lithographs. Chagall was in Israel in 1951, his second visit, a long time after his first visit in 1931. In the Spring of 1951 he visited, at the invitation of President Salman Shazar, and attended openings of his solo exhibitions in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv. In June of 1951 Chagall went to Tel Aviv to arrange an extensive exhibition of his work, showing 60 oils, over 100 gouaches and watercolors, sketches for the theater and opera and more. Additional information on Richter’s gallery is available via its web site Richter Gallery. Chagall's sketch is fine in art association.