Dessins pour la Bible; M. 245; Noemi et ses belles-filles


These original lithographs from the 1st official French edition are some of Chagall’s most popular images. After the success of their 1956 collaboration on a portfolio of color lithographs to commemorate the publication of Chagall's long delayed set of etchings for the Bible, Antoine Teriade and Chagall agreed to devote another issue of Verve to a set of illustrations illuminating the Bible. Meyer Shapiro has called Chagall one of the greatest religious artists of all time, and these lithographs show: powerful drawing, intense colors, and most of all, compassion for the characters in the Bible. These are printed using limestone plates with up to 24 colors for each piece.

Year: 1960
Medium: Lithograph
Image size: 10 x 12
Edition:  1st French Edition/c. 1,000
Printer: Hand made paper
Publisher: Teriade; Printer: Mourlot Studios, Paris. (Reverse M. 268)
Catalog ref: Mourlot, M. 231-254; Verve Publications
Signature: Unsigned