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Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall
(1887 - 1985)

Russian Painter, illustrator, ceramist, designer.

Known as a Parisian artist, Marc Chagall always maintained an interest in his Russian origins and his Jewish heritage.

His oeuvre is an amalgam of eastern Judaic spirituality, Hasidism, Russian folk art and French modernity. Although Chagall cannot be classified under one artistic movement, the influence of Orphism, the magic of Henri Rousseau and the religious fervor of Georges Rouault all join forces in his works to create a separate universe — a world with a passion for fairytales and recurring themes of clowns...

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The Story of the Exodus  |  Chagall  

Chagall - Frontispiece: Moses and the Tablets of the Law

Frontispiece: Moses and the Tablets of the Law

Chagall - Pharaoh's Daughter and Moses

Pharaoh's Daughter and Moses

 

Chagall - Moses sees the sufferings of his people

Moses sees the sufferings of his people

 

Chagall - Moses and the Burning Bush

Moses and the Burning Bush

 

Chagall - God Turns Moses' Staff into a Serpent

God Turns Moses' Staff into a Serpent

Chagall - Moses shows the elders the Tablets of the Law

Moses shows the elders the Tablets of the Law

Chagall - Thou shall anoint Aaron

Thou shall anoint Aaron

 

Chagall - Bazaleel and his two Golden Cherubim

Bazaleel and his two Golden Cherubim

Chagall was introduced in 1948 to original lithography by Fernand Mourlot, owner of one of the world's great lithography workshops. In the thirty-five years following over one thousand original lithographs were created by his hand. These amazing and vibrant works of art place Chagall as perhaps the greatest lithographer of modern art.

In 1966, Leon Amiel published The Story of the Exodus, a portfolio containing twenty-four large color lithographs, twenty-three of which were printed on paper measuring 500x370mm and one double-size plate with a centerfold. The edition consisted of 285 signed portfolios, 250 on Velin d'Arches numbered from 1 to 250.

The name Exodus means "going out" or “departure". It refers not only to one of the most important events of the book, the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, but also to other highly significant events as well, such as the oppression of the Chosen People in Egypt, the flight and call of Moses, and God’s covenant with the nation Israel at Sinai - an experience culminating in His giving of the moral law (Ten Commandments) through Moses to the people.

Chagall’s illustrations of this story are a wonderful example of the artist’s masterful use of vivid color and texture. The Story of Exodus as done by Chagall re-introduces a celebrated historical tale in a refreshingly beautiful way.

 

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