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Marc Chagall: Lithographs for the Bible (1960)

Our Chagall pages are arranged thematically and/or by series and illustrate over 200 different etchings and lithographs.
Clicking on the links will bring you to one or more pages on that subject.

Paris / Paris2 / The Village / The Circus / Circus 2 / Lovers / Lovers 2 / Music / Music 2
Flowers / Flowers 2 / Self Portraits / Self Portraits 2

Dead Souls (1923-27) / Dead Souls 2 / Dead Souls 3 / Dead Souls 4 / Dead Souls 5 / Maternité (1925-26) /
Fables of La Fontaine (1927-30) / Fables 2 / De Mauvais Sujets (1958) / Et sur la terre (1977)

Chagall and the Bible
Etchings for the Bible (1930-39, 1952-56) / Bible Etchings 2 / Bible Etchings 3
1956 Verve Lithographs for the Bible / 1956 Bible Lithographs 2
1960 Verve Lithographs for Drawings for the Bible / 1960 Bible Lithographs 2 / 1960 Bible Lithographs 3
The Story of the Exodus (1966) / Exodus 2 / The Jerusalem Windows (1962) / Other Biblical Subjects

Chagall in black and white / Signed Chagall Etchings and Lithographs
Original Chagall Posters

Review, 12/10/03 Rhythm Section (an entertainment guide jointly produced by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital Times)
After the success of their 1956 collaboration on a portfolio of color lithographs to commemorate the publication of Chagall's long delayed set of etchings for the Bible, Antoine Teriade and Chagall agreed to devote another issue of Verve to another set of illustrations illuminating Chagall's Bible. Meyer Shapiro has called Chagall one of the greatest religious artists of all time, and these lithographs show why: powerful drawing, intense colors, and, most of all, compassion for the characters.
Drawings for the Bible (M. 230a). Original color lithograph, 1960. c. 6500 unsigned impressions. This lithograph served as the front cover for a special number of Verve. It shows David, Bathsheba, and God. There is a double-size signed and numbered lithograph containing both the front and rear covers without lettering. The top inch of the cover has various tears and paper loses including tears between the "a" and the "l" in Chagall top right and crease and paper loss top left. A beautiful image in poor condition. Image size: 356x253mm. Price: $650.
Drawings for the Bible (M. 230b). Original color lithograph, 1960. c. 6500 unsigned impressions. This lithograph served as the rear cover for a special number of Verve. It shows a dove flying over a landscape whose dominant figures are a little goat at right, a frequent symbol Chagall uses for himself, and an abstract space into which a pilgrimmage of abstract figures are moving, a symbol, perhaps, for the call of israel back to a spiritual Jerusalem. There is a double-size signed and numbered lithograph containing both the front and rear covers without lettering. The top 1/4 inch of the cover shows some wear and a small tear just above the wing of the dove at the top of the page. A beautiful image in poor condition. Image size: 356x253mm. Price: $650.
The Face of Israel (M. 231). Original color lithograph, 1960. 50 signed and numbered impressions plus 6500 unsigned impressions for Verve (of which ours is one). Image size: 356x253mm. Price: $1800.
Paradise (M. 232). Original color lithograph, 1960. 50 signed and numbered impressions plus 6500 unsigned impressions for Verve. Ours is a very fresh proof before trimming to fit into the bound volume. Outside the margins are the marks to the printers indicating where the page is to be trimmed. Needless to say, when matted, these marks do not show. Early commentators suggested that before the Fall, Adam and Eve were truly one flesh, separate but joined. Image size: 370x270mm. Price: $2500.
Paradise (M. 233). Original color lithograph, 1960. 50 signed and numbered impressions plus 6500 unsigned impressions for Verve (of which ours is one). Image size: 356x253mm. Price: $2250.
Paradise (M. 233). Original color lithograph, 1960. 50 signed and numbered impressions plus 6500 unsigned impressions for Verve. Ours is a very fresh proof before trimming to fit into the bound volume. Outside the margins are the marks to the printers indicating where the page is to be trimmed. Needless to say, when matted, these marks do not show. Image size: 370x270mm. Price: $2750.
Paradise (M. 235). Original color lithograph, 1960. 50 signed and numbered impressions plus 6500 unsigned impressions for Verve(of which ours is one). Image size: 356x253mm. Price: $1800.
God and Eve (M. 236). Original color lithograph, 1960. 50 signed and numbered impressions plus 6500 unsigned impressions for Verve (of which ours is one). The image focuses on Eve's grief and God's compassionate rebuke. Image size: 356x253mm. Price: $2000.
Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise (M. 237). Original color lithograph, 1960. 50 signed and numbered impressions plus 6500 unsigned impressions for Verve(of which ours is one). Image size: 356x253mm. Price: $1800.

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