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Isaiah

Item Code: MC-141-u
Medium
Lithograph
Signed
Unsigned
Cat Rais No
Cramer 25
Width (cm)
26
Height (cm)
35.5
Date of Work
1956
Suite
Bible Lithographs
Base price $1,047
Includes free standard framing and UK delivery
When Chagall met renowned printer, Fernand Mourlot in 1948 at his atelier in Paris, he realized that in lithography he had found the perfect graphic medium for his art. It rapidly became his preferred printing technique due primarily to the possibilities it offered with colour.

Following Tériade’s acquisition of the etched Bible Suite it was suggested that Chagall re-imagine a Bible Series in colour lithography. These lithographs, printed by the great French lithographers Mourlot Frères, were published in 1956. They were met with such critical praise that Chagall produced a further set in 1960.
Marc Chagall portraitChagall was born in Vitebsk, Russia in 1887. After studying in St Petersburg he went to Paris where he befriended the avant-garde circle of artists. In 1917 he returned to his native Vitebsk where he was made Director and Commissar of Fine Art. However, his fantasy-based work irked the conservative authorities so he left for Moscow to design for the new Jewish Theatre.

Returning to Paris in 1923 he met the art-dealer Vollard for whom he illustrated Gogol’s Dead Souls and the Fables of La Fontaine. Between 1941-47 he moved between occupied France and the USA, eventually settling near Nice. Chagall was a prolific artist, his work reminiscent of Jewish life, bible stories and of the folklore from his early years in Russia. He died in 1985.
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