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Marc Chagall: Job in Despair, Illustrations for The Bible, Lithograph

Marc Chagall: Job in Despair, Illustrations for The Bible, Original Lithograph 1960 - Prints | Graphic work
Original limited edition lithograph for the legendary Verve art magazine, 1960, Mourlot No. 254
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Marc Chagall: Job in Despair, Illustrations for The Bible, Lithograph
Marc Chagall: Job in Despair, Illustrations for The Bible, Original Lithograph 1960 - Prints | Graphic work


"Job in Despair"

The tragic story of the pious and ethically very integer Job has touched Chagall so deeply that he dedicated two lithographs of his second volume on the Bible to him. The desperate Job, whom we can see in this graphic, seems to get into one catastrophe after another in spite of his belief in God. When even his friends begin to judge him, he seems to be about to give up. Darkness surrounds him, he appears deeply worried, ill, and sad, resting his head on his hand.

But it wouldn’t be Chagall if he left the desperate Job without any solace - a green angel in the right-hand corner of the painting seems to be there to prevent the worst outcome. Job does not realise the meaning of these tests and asks himself at every new set of bad news how God can tolerate it that he is punished so severely. However, he remains faithful to God – and in the end is rewarded for this faithfulness.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot 254)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 277)
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 mpressions 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 (3 et seqq.)

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. 254 and 277

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 mpression 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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