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Marc Chagall: Creation, Original Lithograph Verve Bible, 1960

Marc Chagall: Creation (Garden of Eden), Original Lithograph for Verve Illustrations for The Bible, 1960
The most sought-after original lithograph from "Illustrations for The Bible" (Mourlot 234)
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Marc Chagall: Creation, Original Lithograph Verve Bible, 1960
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Marc Chagall: Creation, Original Lithograph Verve Bible, 1960
Marc Chagall: Creation (Garden of Eden), Original Lithograph for Verve Illustrations for The Bible, 1960



This lithograph eradiates effortlessness, harmony and joy. Its colouring also conveys peace of mind and a feeling of security. Everything in this work is in motion: angels, birds, terrestrial animals, fish, and Adam and Eve. It seems as if the creatures were dancing a jig around the white circular centre. Everything is illuminated and receives light from this bright area. It was a matter of course for the Jewish artist Marc Chagall to not depict God as God is and will always be unsearchable. He is the light and this is how Chagall depicted him. The iconography deems the circular and the globular shape to be the perfect surface and body. It is therefore an appropriate symbol for insinuating God.

The first human couple is still naked which implies their unsuspecting nature and innocence. Adam serves himself with fruit from the Garden of Eden, his gaze directed at the creature he deemed to be an appropriate sexual partner. This is how Chagall created a gorgeous illustration of the history of creation with his splendid art.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot no. 234)
On the reverse: another black and white original lithograph (Mourlot no. 257)
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 for 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 1

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. 234 and 257

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. Frame not included in delivery.

Customer Reviews: (4) 5 of 5 stars! 5/5
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30/08/2016 -
What an outstanding piece from Chagall, beautiful vibrant colours & in excellent condition. A "must" for any amateur Chagall collector. Very competitive price from Christine Blenner @ Artistshome. On sale with many on-line galleries @ US$ 1,500. As usual an excellent & dedicated service from Christine.
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30/03/2016 -
Excellent quality, excellent customer service. Lithograph was absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite pieces of art. Additionally, the packaging and shipping ensured preservation of the integrity of the lithograph. This was,a totally positive experience.
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17/07/2015 -
The Chagall Lithograph which I purchased arrived in superb condition and with the documentation exactly as advertised.
The service was five star and I will certainly add to my collection through Artists Home again.
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