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Marc Chagall: King Solomon, 1956, Original Lithograph Verve Bible

Marc Chagall: Solomon (The Kings) 1956, Original Lithograph for Verve Bible - Graphic work | Original Prints
Original lithograph in colors by Marc Chagall for his "Bible I" (The Kings), Mourlot 131
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Marc Chagall: Solomon (The Kings) 1956, Original Lithograph for Verve Bible - Graphic work | Original Prints
Marc Chagall: Solomon (The Kings) 1956, Original Lithograph for Verve Bible - Graphic work | Original Prints


"Solomon" (The Kings)

Solomon was known as the wisest of all Jewish kings. To this day, we speak of a "Solomonic judgment" when we mean an astute and wise decision. In this illustration, Chagall portrayed the King as a guiding light with raised hands. Most probably, he alludes to Solomon's faithful relation to God and his peaceful governmental policy. However, his crown sits slightly skew on his head... despite the Jewish King often being idealised, he was only a feeling being, after all which can be seen in his pomposity, which led him to exploit his people. In the bottom left-hand corner, Chagall insinuates the Tablets of Law, and above them the seven-branched candelabrum, hinting at the fact that Solomon had the first pompous and sumptuous temple of Jerusalem erected.

The King is protected by an arc of light spanning over him, with a clear-cut boundary to the top. Maybe Chagall wants to suggest that, despite his power, the King was only a human being and not god-like as the Pharaoh in Egypt was seen at the same time. Especially the purple colouring of the graphic is very eye-catching. It suggests that Solomon's actions were penetrated and determined by God's spirit.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot 131)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 136)
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: 1. Kings 8,22

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 131 and 136

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. Frame not included in delivery.

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