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Marc Chagall: Ruth Gleaning, Illustrations for The Bible, Lithograph

Marc Chagall: Ruth Gleaning, 1960, Illustrations for The Bible, Original Lithograph | Graphic Works | Prints
Original limited edition print in colors for the legendary Verve book (Mourlot 246)
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Marc Chagall: Ruth Gleaning, Illustrations for The Bible, Lithograph
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Marc Chagall: Ruth Gleaning, 1960, Illustrations for The Bible, Original Lithograph | Graphic Works | Prints
Marc Chagall: Ruth Gleaning, 1960, Illustrations for The Bible, Original Lithograph | Graphic Works | Prints


"Ruth Gleaning"

In this second of altogether five lithographs about the life of Ruth, Chagall shows his “heroine“ returning from collecting ears of corn and happily greeting her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law, is struggling, living abroad and having to worry about the two women’s future as foreigners (Ruth 2,1-3). Nevertheless, Chagall used bright, lucid shades of pink – maybe in order to give us a hint: this is about love, in many respects. It is about Ruth’s caring love to her mother-in-law, who succeeds in keeping the two women alive with her diligence, and about the start of the love relationship between Ruth and Boaz, who will soon become aware of the exceptional woman and fall in love with her.
Marc Chagall dedicated a sequence of five lithographs to the chapter of Ruth. This one is the second 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 246)
On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain-coloured (M 269)
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 (2:1-3)

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: Mourlot, F., Chagall Lithograph [II] 1957-1962, A. Sauret, Monte Carlo 1963, nos. 246 and 269

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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