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Marc Chagall - "Bible" - Verve, Vol VIII, Nos. 33/34 - 1956


Marc Chagall
"Bible" - Verve, Vol VIII, Nos. 33/34

14 unnumbered pages, 3 unnumbered leaves of plates, 105 pages of plates, 24 unnumbered pages of plates: chiefly illustrations. 17 lithographic color plates. Consists of reproductions of 105 etchings made between 1930 and 1955 to illustrate the Bible. Introduction by Mayer Shapiro and a poem by Jean Wahl entitled "L'ecriture est gravure." In the original French. 14.25 x 10.25 inches

Printed by Mourlot Frères, Paris, Published by Editions de la Revue Verve, Paris, 1956

Very good condition: front cover detached; foxing to endleaves, bump to upper and lower tips leaving soft crease to contents

Letter of Authenticity

“Ever since my earliest youth, I have been fascinated with the Bible. I have always believed that it is the greatest source of poetry of all time,” Chagall said. “I have sought its reflection in life and art. The Bible is life, an echo of nature, and this is the secret I have endeavored to transmit.”

The Bible series by Chagall is regarded as one of the artist’s greatest masterpieces, and one of the 20th century’s best example of engravings.


Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall; born Moishe Shagal (1887–1985) was a Russian-born French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in a wide range of artistic formats, including painting, drawings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints. Chagall’s dreamlike compositions depict aspects of the artist’s personal and family histories, and those of Eastern European folklore at large. Flying figures, elements of Jewish tradition, peasant life, and animals are frequent motifs.

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