Chagall, Marc, Rachel Hides Her Father’s Household Gods from The Bible, 1956
Signed Marc Chagall, Lithograph, Rachel Hides Her Father’s Household Gods from The Bible, 1956
|Artist:||Chagall, Marc (1887 - 1985)|
|Title:||Rachel Hides Her Father’s Household Gods from The Bible, 1956|
Original Color Lithograph on Arches Wove Paper
|Image Size:||14 in x 10 1/2 in (35.6 cm x 26.7 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||20 1/2 in x 12 5/8 in (52.1 cm x 32.1 cm)|
|Framed Size:||33 1/2 in x 29 1/4 in (85.1 cm x 74.3 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk,1887 - Saint-Paul,1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Edition:||Annotated 'H.C.' (Hors d'Commerce or artist's proof) in pencil in the lower left margin; aside from the numbered edition of 50.|
|Condition:||This work is in good condition with bright, saturated colors throughout.|
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Utilizing a bold color palette of red, yellow, and white, Chagall depicts a pivotal moment in the story of Rachel and Jacob. Upon fleeing from her father Laban with her husband Jacob, Rachel steals her father's household idols. Laban chases down Rachel and Jacob, accusing them of theft. Rachel, sitting upon a camel, cleverly hides the idols underneath her saddlebags and then refuses to dismount due to womanly troubles. In this piece, Rachel appears both maternal and humble as she clutches her belly and hunches forward, gazing down at her father as he reaches out to her in despair. Chagall creates a triangular composition between Rachel, Laban, and the camel that is further echoed by the mountainous shape in the background.
Created in 1956, this color lithograph was featured as part of a series of 105 lithographs made by Marc Chagall between 1930 - 1955 to illustrate The Bible, originally started by Vollard in 1930. Published by Verve, Paris and printed by Mourlot, Paris on Arches paper, this work is annotated 'H.C.' (Hors d'Commerce or artist's proof) in pencil in the lower left margin, aside from the numbered edition of 50, and hand-signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Gauss, Ulrike, ed. Marc Chagall - The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 242.
2. Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall, vol. II, 1957 - 1962. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 242 on pgs. 72-3; detailed on pg. 66.
3. Cramer, Patrick. Marc Chagall, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 42 on pgs. 144-7.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
|Style:||20th Century Modern Master, Lovers, French and Russian|
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Biography of Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall was born July 7, 1887, in Vitebsk, Russia. From 1907 to 1910, he studied in Saint Petersburg, at the Imperial Society for the Protection of the Arts and later with Léon Bakst. In 1910, he moved to Paris, where he associated with Guillaume Apollinaire and Robert Delaunay and encountered Fauvism and Cubism. He participated in the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne in 1912. His first solo show was held in 1914 at Der Sturm gallery in Berlin.
Chagall visited Russia in 1914, and was prevented from returning to Paris by the outbreak of war. He settled in Vitebsk, where he was appointed Commissar for Art in 1918. He founded the Vitebsk Popular Art School and directed it until disagreements with the Suprematists resulted in his resignation in 1920. He moved to Moscow and executed his first stage designs for the State Jewish Chamber Theater there. After a sojourn in Berlin, Chagall returned to Paris in 1923 and met Ambroise Vollard. His first retrospective took place in 1924 at the Galerie Barbazanges-Hodebert, Paris. During the 1930s, he traveled to Palestine, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Italy. In 1933, the Kunsthalle Basel held a major retrospective of his work.
During World War II, Chagall fled to the United States. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave him a retrospective in 1946. He settled permanently in France in 1948 and exhibited in Paris, Amsterdam, and London. During 1951, he visited Israel and executed his first sculptures. The following year, the artist traveled in Greece and Italy. During the 1960s, Chagall continued to travel widely, often in association with large-scale commissions he received. Among these were windows for the synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, installed in 1962; a ceiling for the Paris Opéra, installed in 1964; a window for the United Nations building, New York, installed in 1964; murals for the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, installed in 1967; and windows for the cathedral in Metz, France, installed in 1968. An exhibition of the artist's work from 1967 to 1977 was held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, in 1977-78, and a major retrospective was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1985. During his lifetime he also created popular lithographs, such as Maternity. Chagall died March 28, 1985, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
"When Matisse dies," Pablo Picasso remarked, "Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is." Picasso claimed he was not a fan of the "flying violins and all the folklore, but his canvases are really painted, not just thrown together." He followed up by saying, "There's never been anybody since Renoir who has the feeling for light that Chagall has."
The Haggerty Museum describes The Bible Chagall prints as showing "Chagall's fluid forms, dreamlike sense of space and unique style. In his choice of subject matter, Chagall reveals his reading of the Old Testament in its moments of triumph, sorrow, and prophecy."