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Marc Chagall: Boaz wakes up and sees Ruth, Original Lithograph, 1960

Marc Chagall: Boaz wakes up and sees Ruth at his feet, Original Lithograph 1960, Verve The Bible - Love scene
Lithograph in colors for "Illustrations for The Bible", Verve, Mourlot No. 249
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Marc Chagall: Boaz wakes up and sees Ruth, Original Lithograph, 1960
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Marc Chagall: Boaz wakes up and sees Ruth at his feet, Original Lithograph 1960, Verve The Bible - Love scene


"Boaz wakes up and sees Ruth at his feet"

The next day… mild sunlight bathes the love scene in a friendly and bright light. As opposed to the previous theme of “Ruth at the feet of Boaz” the lovers are now naked. They appear relaxed and satisfied. From this theme that concludes his sequence on Ruth, we can already guess how their relationship will continue. After skillfully negotiating with his rival, Boaz obtains the right to take Ruth as his wife. Consequently, Ruth, the poor and widowed foreigner, outlawed by society, becomes the great-grandmother of one of the most important biblical figures, that of David, King of Judah and of Israel.
Marc Chagall dedicated a sequence of five lithographs to the chapter of Ruth. This is last one on the woman who became Boaz’ wife and consequently King David’s primordial mother through love, faithfulness and consistency.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot 249)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 272)
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 copies from the book edition on strong velin paper. In addition, 50 pencil-signed and numbered copies on Arches wove paper were published.
Published by: Éditions de la Revue Verve, Tériade, Paris
Printed by: Atelier Mourlot, Paris
Remarks: Biblical reference: Book of Ruth (3:8 et seqq.)

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. 249 and 272

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

Customer Reviews: (1) 5 of 5 stars! 5/5
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18/07/2015 -
A lovely original from Chagall portraying the biblical romantic story of Boaz & Ruth. There are 3 pieces covering their journey together. Soft & warm colours, makes this piece a pleasure to look at & admire. Simple yet direct composition in keeping with Chagall's inspiration. Lovely quality impression in good condition.
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