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Marc Chagall: David and his Harp, 1956, Original Lithograph Bible

Marc Chagall: King David and his Harp, 1956, Original Lithograph Verve Bible - Genuine Limited Edition Prints
Rare original color lithograph for Chagall's "The Bible", Verve (Mourlot 134)
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Marc Chagall: David and his Harp, 1956, Original Lithograph Bible
Marc Chagall: David and his Harp, 1956, Original Lithograph Bible


"David and his harp" (The Kings)

Indisputably, David was the most important leader of the Jewish people. He wasn’t only a political genius – he united the Northern empire of Israel and the Southern one of Judah – but he was also a great writer and musician. He wrote major parts of the psalms, i.e. those prayers and songs that were summarised as a single book in the First Testament.
Chagall portrayed David in this piece with a harp which he knew how to play ingeniously. He is holding the instrument gently in his arms, his gaze seems pensive, and lost in thought. His face is glowing in white, which is a sign for enlightenment, bestowed by God? Chagall used the same white colour for Job’s hands, maybe because he also implemented what he had realised in his heart and his mind. The purple background symbolises the presence of God, the real King and leader of Israel.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot 134)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 137)
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 I, exactly as referenced in Mourlot's catalogue raisonné.
Year: 1956
Sizes: 35 x 26 cm - 14 x 10 ¼ in. (sheet)
Edition / Paper: One of 6500 unsigned impressions for the book edition on strong velin paper. In addition, 75 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: 2. Sam 6,5 ff

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: Cain, Julien, and Mourlot, Fernand. Chagall Lithograph [I], André Sauret, Monte Carlo 1960, pages 149 to 160, numbers 134 and 137

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.

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