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Marc Chagall: Eve incurs God's displeasure, Original Lithograph, Bible

Marc Chagall: 'Eve incurs God's displeasure' Original Lithograph 1960, The Bible - Genuine Prints, Originals
Original color lithograph for "Illustrations for The Bible" Verve, Mourlot (1960)
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Marc Chagall: 'Eve incurs God's displeasure' Original Lithograph 1960, The Bible - Genuine Prints, Originals
Marc Chagall: 'Eve incurs God's displeasure' Original Lithograph 1960, The Bible - Genuine Prints, Originals


"Eve incurs God's displeasure"

Chagall created a touching work with this original graphic. It depicts Eve, naked, and exposed as a consequence of her guilt. The way she holds her right arm, her eyes cast down and her face blushed in embarassment convey something of the sense of guilt she is tormented by. However, God hasn't abandoned her. In the upper left-hand corner of the work, we can see the Hebrew tetragrammaton JHWH, the letters of God's name Jahwe, "I am here for you". This is how one could translate the name, and the friendly, paternal character of God's messenger in the upper right-hand corner of the graphic conveys just that. The big tree protecting Eve with its branches reinforces this idea.

Eve's body looks like a dish ready to receive Adam's love, the fertility of which is displayed in their children, Cain and Abel. This implies that Eve becomes the life-giving Mother of All. Adam and Eve will shape their future under to the changed conditions.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot no. 236)
On the reverse: another plain-coloured original lithograph (Mourlot no. 259)
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, 16

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. 236 and 259

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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