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Marc Chagall: Rachel Steals Her Father’s Graven Images, The Bibl

Marc Chagall: Rachel Steals Her Father’s Graven Images, The Bible 1960 - Original Lithographs | Prints
Original lithograph in colors for "Illustrations for The Bible" Verve, Mourlot Paris
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Marc Chagall: Rachel Steals Her Father’s Graven Images, The Bible 1960 - Original Lithographs | Prints
Marc Chagall: Rachel Steals Her Father’s Graven Images, The Bible 1960 - Original Lithographs | Prints


"Rachel Steals Her Father’s Graven Images"

Rachel was not only a beautiful, but also a determined and resolute young woman Jacob, the progenitor of Israel, fell in love with. In order to marry her, he agreed to serve her father for 14 years. However, despite their arrangement, her father didn't let Rachel go with Jacob. Jacob then decided to escape together with Rachel. Shortly before their escape, Rachel steals her father's graven images. According to the customs at that time, Rachel thus had the right to her father's inheritance. As the younger daughter, she would not have been entitled to it naturally. Her father went after the escaping couple and searched all of their bags. Rachel resolutely hid the graven images in the saddlebags of her camel and sat on them. When her father demanded her to get off the camel, she said she was unwell and thus prevented her father from discovering the images.

This lithograph depicts Rachel sitting submissively on her camel opposite to her father who demands the stolen graven images back. However, Rachel is in a more powerful position as she evades her father's almightyness - which is emphasised in this picture by her sitting physically higher than her father. In this work, Chagall impressively put down on canvass a great existential problem many women struggle with to this day. Resolute action may reduce comitted unjustness.
Technique: Original lithograph in colours (Mourlot no. 242)
On the reverse: another plain-coloured original lithograph (M no. 265)
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 31, 19ff.; Gen 32; Gen 34

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. 242 and 265

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.

*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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