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Marc Chagall: Adam and Eve and the Forbidden Fruit, Lithograph Bible

Marc Chagall: Adam and Eve and the Forbidden Fruit, 1960, Original Lithograph Verve Bible - Prints | Artwork
Original colour lithograph for "Illustrations for The Bible" Verve, Mourlot, 1960
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Marc Chagall: Adam and Eve and the Forbidden Fruit, Lithograph Bible
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Marc Chagall: Adam and Eve and the Forbidden Fruit 1960, Original Lithograph Verve Bible, Print on the reverse
Marc Chagall: Adam and Eve and the Forbidden Fruit, 1960, Original Lithograph Verve Bible - Graphic work


"Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit"

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, both are naked, a symbol for their innocence and untaintedness. This is how Chagall portrayed the first human couple. They lived in an idyllic world, surrounded by flowers, plants, fruits, trees and animals. Mellow tints such as pink, pastel green and earthy-brown. Chagall carefully selected these colours for this painting. Their life and love, fresh and close to nature. Note that shades of brown also stand for enlightenment, experience and confidence.

The first human couple curiously seized their paradisiac surroundings. Unfortunately, their curiosity tricks them into doing what is forbidden. Isn't this how modern men today feel as well? The temptation of the evil in the form of the snake seeks to outplay and dominate the good. When Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they set off a polarity which will only be resolved at the end of all time with the promised paradise: good and evil, joy and grief, life and death. All of this can be found everywhere in this beautiful lithograph.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot no. 235)
On the reverse: another plain-coloured original lithograph (Mourlot no. 258)
This is N O T a mass-produced reprint (photomechanical reproduction such as offset lithographs or giclée prints) but the original lithograph from Chagall's Bible II, exactly as referenced in Mourlots catalogue raisonné.
Year: 1960
Sizes: 35,5 x 26 cm / 14" x 10.2" (sheet)
Edition / Paper: One of 6500 unsigned impressions from the book edition on strong velin paper. In addition, 50 pencil-signed and numbered impressions on Arches wove paper were published.
Published by: Éditions de la Revue Verve, Tériade, Paris
Printed by: Atelier Mourlot, Paris
Remarks: Biblical reference: Gen 3

In 1956, the French art critic and publisher Tériade brought out a special issue of the legendary art magazine Verve, which was exclusively devoted to one of Marc Chagalls major themes: The Bible. For this outstanding issue, Chagall composed 18 full-page colour lithographs and 12 in black and white. For his "Bible I" Marc Chagall focused on characters from the Old Testament such as the Founding Fathers, the Kings, the Prophets and Angels. Four years later, in 1960, the follow-up issue "Illustrations for The Bible" was published, with another 24 gorgeous color lithographs. Since then, vast numbers of reproductions were put in circulation which are anything but original(!) lithographs.

Documentation / References: Mourlot, F., Chagall Lithograph [II] 1957-1962, A. Sauret, Monte Carlo 1963, nos. 235 and 258

Your print is being delivered with an abstract from the a.m. catalogue raisonné. In addition, you'll receive a proof of identity (without selling price) in case this print is intended as a present.
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In very good condition, an excellent impression from the archives. Frame not included in delivery.

Note: Lithographs are not automatically original lithographs! Frequently, they are photo-mechanical reproductions of originals, so-called art prints. The danger of falling for one of the numerous reproductions or prints with forged signatures, increases according to the level of popularity of the artist. Read more

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