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Marc Chagall, Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments, 1958

Artist: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)
Title:Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments (from the Bible Series), 1958
Reference:Cramer 30
Series:Bible Series, 1958
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:31 in x 28 1/4 in (78.7 cm x 71.8 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-5106

Historical Description

A wonderful breakout work from the Bible series, Marc Chagall Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments, is soft and expressive. The perfected tones of foggy grays and blacks allow for the colorful green and yellow to shine through, drawing the eye to the important piece of the composition: the ten commandants which are highlighted in a sunny yellow. Within a relatively gray composition, the light that pours upon the ten commandments, making them appear heavenly. Chagall manages to create exquisite texture in the etching, making the rocks appear very lifelike and the sky look stormy with slashing strokes across the page. As Moses receives the definitive guide by which life is to be lived, Chagall portrays him in such an iconic form of grace and purpose that it reminds us he is human. A captivating and charismatic work, it brilliantly displays Chagall’s masterful skill in creating expressive compositions.

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 Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments (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 Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments (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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