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Marc Chagall: Paradise, Tree of Knowledge, Original Lithograph Bible

Marc Chagall: Paradise, Tree of Knowledge, Original Lithograph Bible
Original lithograph in colors for "Illustrations for The Bible" Verve Mourlot, 1960
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Marc Chagall: Paradise, Tree of Knowledge, Original Lithograph Bible
Marc Chagall: Paradise, Tree of Knowledge, Original Lithograph Bible


"Paradise" The Tree of Knowledge

In this lithograph, Chagall depicted the biblical theme of the fall of man. Adam and Eve are resting under the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They are "one flesh" (Genesis 2,24), that is they became one. This implies that they belong together. In Hebrew, they are called "Adam and Adamah": Man and woman, on a par with each other.

But they rebel against God, their creator, they want to be like him. By doing so, they put themselves in his place and this is their real blame. In this work, Eve grabs one of the forbidden fruits which shine nice and red. The greening tree is full of them, and just one less won't be noticeable...? Adam is still asleep, just like he is not "awake" when he takes the fruit from Eve and bites into it. He does not become aware of the consequences of their doing.

The waxing moon shines mysteriously in the upper left-hand corner. In the right-hand corner, we can see a winged creature with a human face. Paradise has lost its blaze of colours, and only the tree of knowledge of good and evil shines in a promising green.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot no. 232)
On the reverse: another plain-coloured original lithograph (M no. 255)
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: Gen. 2-3

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: [1] Mourlot, F., Chagall Lithograph [II] 1957-1962, A. Sauret, Monte Carlo 1963, nos. 232 and 255

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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*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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