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Marc Chagall: Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Original Lithograph 1960

Marc Chagall: Naomi And Her Daughters-in-Law, Original Lithograph 1960, Illustrations for The Bible | Prints
Lithograph for "Illustrations for The Bible" (Book of Ruth), Verve, Mourlot 245
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Marc Chagall: Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Original Lithograph 1960
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Marc Chagall: Naomi And Her Daughters-in-Law, Original Lithograph 1960, Illustrations for The Bible | Prints
Marc Chagall: Naomi And Her Daughters-in-Law, Original Lithograph 1960, Illustrations for The Bible | Prints


"Naomi and her daughters-in-law"

Chagall began his painting voyage through the life of Ruth with this theme (Ruth 1,1-14). It shows Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, deeply bonded with her two daughters-in-law. Naomi, who lost her husband and later both of her sons due to a famine, is now alone with Ruth and Orpa. The lives the three women lead without any male support was hard and strenuous, and they only managed to survive thanks to their close bonds. Naomi is worried about the lives of her two daughters-in-law and wants to send them back home so that they can get married again. While Orpa obeys Naomi’s selfless plea, Ruth stays in Bethlehem with her mother-in-law, who would be lost without her. In doing so, Ruth lives up to her name, which means “friend”.
Marc Chagall dedicated a sequence of five lithographs to the chapter of Ruth. This one is the first 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 no. 245)
On the reverse: another plain-coloured original lithograph (M no. 268)
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 (1)

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. 245 and 268

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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