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Marc Chagall, Joshua Before Jericho (from the Bible Series), 1958

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Joshua Before Jericho (from the Bible Series), 1958
Reference:Cramer 30
Medium:Etching with hand-applied watercolor
Image:11 1/4 in x 8 15/16 in (28.7 cm x 22.7 cm)
Sheet:20 5/16 in x 15 1/4 in (51.6 cm x 38.7 cm)
Framed:32 5/16 in x 28 in (82.1 cm x 71.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower left margin; aside from the Roman numeral edition of V.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil 'M. Ch.' in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-5107

Historical Description

In Marc Chagall Joshua Before Jericho (from the Bible Series), 1958, Chagall depicts an angel consulting Joshua. The Battle of Jericho was the first battle of the Israelites in their conquest of Canaan, and this scene takes place in the moment before the walls fell. Through Chagall’s captivating and expressive imagery, Joshua Before Jericho (from the Bible Series), 1958, radiates a sense of understanding and importance. Speaking animatedly to the angel, Joshua appears steadfast with his hand on his sword. He is highlighted in yellow, marking him as the important figure in this series. The angel bears a light blue swath, delicately detailing the wings and mirroring the would-be color of the sky. Capturing the beginning of the character’s story, the subject arises from a rich textural background of tonal breadths of darkness. Displaying sensitivity to the human experience, this stunning piece is emblematic of Chagall’s unique vision of the Bible.

Created in 1958, this Etching with hand-applied watercolor is hand signed by Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 – Saint-Paul, 1985) in pencil 'M. Ch.' in the lower right margin. This piece is numbered  from the edition of 100 in Arabic numerals; aside from the Roman numeral edition of V.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Marc Chagall Joshua Before Jericho (from the Bible Series), 1958 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work).

1. Cramer, Patrick. Marc Chagall, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 30 on pp. 110-117.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Marc Chagall Joshua Before Jericho (from the Bible Series), 1958 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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