Both Verve volumes containing Chagall’s celebrated illustrations for the Bible. Rarely found together.
“Since early youth, I have been captivated by the Bible. It seemed and still seems to me the greatest source of poetry of all time. Since then, I have sought out its reflection in life and in art. The Bible as it were resonates in nature, and it is this secret I try to convey” (Marc Chagall).
The first work contains Chagall’s first cycle of Bible illustrations, which had been specially commissioned by Ambroise Vollard, the great art dealer and publisher of artist books.
In the second work Chagall additionally included scenes of the Old Testament’s ‘great dramas’ drawn in 1958-59 , among which one finds the story of the Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel, the flood, the golden calf, Jonah and the whale, David and Goliath etc.
‘ … one of the very few major Bible illustrations of the 20th century … Chagall combines the majesty of the Jewish tradition with the wit of popular art. The work was first requested by Vollard in 1931 and completed for Tériade in 1956. The text is from the French Geneva translation of 1638.’ (The Artist & the Book: 1860 – 1960)
2 volumes being both double issues of Verve (33/34 and 37/38), folio (35.5 x 26 cm). First work: 16 lithographs printed in colour, 105 monochrome illustrations; Second work: 24 lithographs printed in colours (2 in the text), 96 monochrome illustrations. Original boards with Chagall designs, an excellent set.
Sorlier 75; Cramer 42.
Stock ID: 97240