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Marc Chagall: Job Praying, Illustrations for The Bible, Lithograph

Marc Chagall: Job Praying, Illustrations for The Bible, 1960, Original Lithograph - Job's message | Prints
Original limited edition lithograph for the legendary Verve art magazine, 1960 (Mourlot 253)
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"Job Praying"

Chagall shows the sorely afflicted Job after having overcome the harm he has experienced praying to God in a lucid green representing hope and confidence. Job self-effacingly asks God for leniency with his friends, who had judged him wrongly (Job 42,7-11). Christianity also considers the colour green to be the colour of resurrection - as God heard Jobs prayers and gave him back his health, wealth and reputation. He also spares Job’s "short-sighted" friends of divine punishment.

The idea that strong religious belief and imperturbable moral integrity would be rewarded notwithstanding hard testing must have moved Chagall deeply at that time. He already dedicated some of his lithographs to the prophets and their difficult lives in his first volume "La Bible" (1956).
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot 253)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 276)
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: Book of Job (42)

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. 253 and 276

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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