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CHAGALL, Marc.

Vitraux pour Jérusalem.

Stock Code
99221
Monte Carlo, André Sauret, 1962
£1,500

Inscribed by Marc Chagall and his collaborator and 'master printmaker' Charles Sorlier.

In 1960, Marc Chagall was asked by the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem to create twelve designs in stained glass for its new synagogue. Inspired by his lifelong study of the Bible, Chagall realised these designs on the theme of Moses' blessing of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. As a result of Judaism's injunction against depicting the human form, the works instead feature animals, flowers, trees and Jewish symbols. Each window design is dominated by a specific colour and contains a blessing.

Many consider these windows to be Chagall's crowning achievement, and the artist himself confessed 'They have completely transformed my vision, they gave me a great shock, made me reflect. I don't know how I shall paint from now on, but I believe something is taking place.'

In 1961, prior to their installation in the synagogue, the twelve windows

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Description

First French edition; folio (335 x 250 mm); introduction and notes by Jean Leymarie; two original lithographs prepared for this work by Chagall and numerous chromolithographs; inscribed by Marc Chagall and Charles Sorlier to Robert Iweins; grey cloth boards and dust jacket in excellent condition.

Bibliography

Cramer 49.

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