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Marc Chagall: Paradise With Green Donkey, Original Lithograph Bible

Marc Chagall: Paradise With Green Donkey, Original Lithograph, Illustrations for the Bible | Genuine Prints
Rare original colour lithograph for "Illustrations for The Bible" Verve (Mourlot 233)
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Marc Chagall: Paradise With Green Donkey, 1960, Original Lithograph, Illustrations for the Bible, Adam and Eve


"Paradise" II, The Green Donkey

Marc Chagall began his famous series Bible II with altogether six creation themes. In order to better distinguish it from the composition of the same name "Paradise - The Tree of the Knowledge", this one is often named "Paradise - The Green Donkey".

The eye of the beholder naturally comes to rest on Chagall's bright green donkey. In those days, donkeys were considered to be peaceful and good-natured, and this is how it is depicted in this work. The donkey's head appears decorated as for a pageant. Left of the animal, a bit to the side, you can see the first human couple: Adam, an exceptionally handsome young man with curly hair. He puts his hand over Eve to protect the only being of Creation who is a potential sexual partner for him. She is depicted naked and full-bosomed - a sign for fertility and unbiasedness about all flesh. In a carefree manner, they enjoy the fruit of the Garden of Eden. The green colour of the donkey also appears in their bodies, it is the colour of hope and a fulfilled life.

In this work, Chagall depicted plants, animals and human beings in peaceful harmony with each other. The longing for these paradise-like conditions has remained a human desire to this day.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot no. 233)
On the reverse: another plain-coloured original lithograph (M no. 256)
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, 4-15

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. 233 and 256

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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