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Marc Chagall: Esther, 1960, Original Lithograph for Verve Bible

Marc Chagall: Esther, 1960, Original Lithograph, Verve Illustrations for the Bible - Limited Edition Prints
Original lithograph in colors for "Illustrations for the Bible" Teriade, Paris
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Marc Chagall: Esther, 1960, Original Lithograph for Verve Bible
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Marc Chagall: Esther, 1960, Original Lithograph, Verve Illustrations for the Bible - Limited Edition Prints
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For this work, Chagall depicted Esther larger than life, gracefully and stunningly beautiful, in mellow tints of blue and beige. She almost seems to be floating. In this way, he pays tribute to one of the greatest women of the people of Israel. Thanks to her beauty and great personality, Esther became the queen at the court of the Persian King, Artaxerxes, after he had cast out his wife because of disobedience. Esther's uncle Mordechai, who also lived at the royal court, uncovered a conspiracy against the King and in doing so saved his life. But Haman, the highest court official, enviously hated all Jews. He obtained a writ from the King allowing him to extinct all Jews in the kingdom. Mordechai begged Esther to intercede with the King. She went to the King even though she was banned from doing so under threat of the death penalty. She successfully changed the King's mind, and this was how she saved her people from being wiped out.

To this day, the Jewish holiday, Purim, reminds of Esther's great and couragous achievement. She risked her life for the Jewish people. In the lower part of the painting, we can also see Mordechai. He looks sorrow-stricken, his hands appear to be tied. His future seems grey and sullen, but there are signs of life and hope: the sun, plants and a tree.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot no. 252)
On the reverse: another plain-coloured original lithograph (M no. 275)
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: Esther 2

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. 252 and 275

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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