OCEAN GALLERIES CATALOG

CHAGALL, Marc , 1887-1985 The Bible: Moses and the Serpent, 1958 Hand-colored etching on wove paper Initialed and numbered ‘36/100’ in pencil

Plate #28 from “The Bible” series. Published by Tériade, Paris. Moses is one of the most desirable works from the Bible Series. A highly collectible piece with hand coloring.

Cramer no. 30 21 x 15 3/8 in. 122995

CHAGALL, Marc , 1887-1985 The Bible: Abraham and the Three Angels , 1956 Etching on wove paper Plate #7 from “The Bible” series. Published by Tériade, Paris. Themes from the Bible were a constant source of inspiration for Chagall. “Since my early youth, I have been fascinated by the Bible. It has always seemed to me still that it is the greatest source of poetry of all time. Since then I have sought this reflection in life and in art. The Bible is like an echo of nature and this secret I have tried to transmit.”

Cramer no. 29 14 1/2 x 12 in. 127991

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CHAGALL, Marc , 1887-1985 The Bible: Josué armé par l’éternel, 1956 Etching on Vélin paper Signed in the plate An excellent and exceptionally rare impression of the second of three states. Limited edition of probably 5 or 10 impressions. From Chagall’s ‘Bible’ series, comprised of two volumes, a total of 105 etchings. Published by Tériade Editeur, Paris. This preparatory state differs from the last and final state by the lightness in the treatment of the angel, and the remarque in the margin. These small studies engraved by Chagall do not appear in the final state of this engraving. Marc Chagall’s ‘Bible’ occupies an important place in his oeuvre because it embodies, refreshes and animates the stories, a true testament to the bond between art and literature. Sorlier 242; Cramer no. 29 17 1/4 x 13 in. 914514

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