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Marc Chagall: Meeting of Ruth and Boaz, Original Lithograph Bible 1960

Marc Chagall: Meeting of Ruth and Boaz, 1960, Original Lithograph for Verve Bible - Limited Edition Prints
Lithograph in colors for "Illustrations for The Bible", Verve, Mourlot No. 247
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Marc Chagall: Meeting of Ruth and Boaz, Original Lithograph Bible 1960
Marc Chagall: Meeting of Ruth and Boaz, 1960, Original Lithograph for Verve Bible - Limited Edition Prints


"Meeting of Ruth and Boaz"

In this picture, Chagall shares with us the moment when Ruth and Boaz first meet. It seems as though they are wildly gesturing. However, when looking more closely at their faces, you will find that they are not arguing, on the contrary, according to the language of the Bible the gesture of the two lovers holding their left arms up in the air to the right over their heads almost making semi-circles suggests a good-hearted and truthful intention. Most likely, Chagall intended to stress Boaz’ friendliness and generosity, with which he receives the foreign woman after he had heard about her diligence when collecting ears of grain (Ruth 2,4 ff). The warm shades of brown and red he used in this painting radiate harmony and a feeling of security and already reveal what is going to happen next.
Marc Chagall dedicated a sequence of five lithographs to the chapter of Ruth. This one is the third on the woman who became Boaz’ wife and consequently King David’s primordial mother through love, faithfulness and consistency.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot 247)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 270)
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 Ruth (2:4 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. 247 and 270

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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