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Marc Chagall took inspiration from Belarusian folk-life, and portrayed many Biblical themes that reflected his Jewish heritage. In the 1960s and 1970s, Chagall engaged in a series of large-scale projects involving public spaces and important civic and religious buildings. Chagall’s artworks are difficult to categorize. Working in the pre-World War I Paris art world, he was involved with avant-garde currents, however, his work was consistently on the fringes of popular art movements and emerging trends, including Cubism and Fauvism, among others. He was closely associated with the Paris School and its exponents, including Amedeo Modigliani.

“The only one comparable in our time with Picasso as a graphic artist is Chagall, and nothing even the former has done as a graphic artist quite matches in intensity or integrity these illustrations of Chagall’s for the Bible.”
– Clement Greenberg (1957)

Description: A Rare and sought after book which first appeared as a double issue of Verve (Verve Vol. VII, No’s 33 and 34)  16 lithographs in color + the cover, 12 lithographs in black, and 105 heliogravures in black. All color lithographs and black and white lithographs by Marc Chagall are present and in excellent condition. First printing of the first American edition, published by Harcourt, Brace and Comapny in 1956. Lithography printed by Mourlot in France. Text by Jean Wahl, with an appreciation by Meyer Schapiro. Hard bound, no dust jacket. Missing backstrip, with front board detached, but present. The bards show wear with some chipping to corners and edges. Interior clean with all lithography fine. Several of the pages with heliogravures show light foxing, as do the end pages. This landmark book of lithography is rare and sought after by both art and print collectors, and routinely sells for thousands of dollars

Bookseller Inventory # 30941

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Illustrations for the Bible By Marc Chagall
VERVE 1956 #33/34

Chagall, Marc

 

Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company, New York
Publication Date: 1956
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good+ / with Lithographs Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Missing original jacket.

 

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