Chagall, Marc - Paradis The Tree of Life. Bible Series Original Lithograph published by Mourlot, Paris in 1960 for Verve Magazine

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Product Code: G974JR
Image size: 35 x 26 cm

    Original colour lithograph, published by Mourlot in 1960 from the second volume of "Illustrations for the Bible"

    It was published in a limited edition of 6,500 copies.

    This lithograph is one of only 6,500 published.

    Chagall depicts the fall of man in this image. Adam and Eve are lying under the tree of knowledge of good and evil and they are drawn as one body. They are "one flesh", indicating that the belong together as equals.

    But they rebel against God because they want to be like him, to put themselves in his place. In this lithograph, Eve grabs one of the forbidden fruits. The tree is full of them, and taking only one will go unnoticed. Adam is still asleep, and is unaware of Eve's actions.

    The moon is in the left hand corner of the pictures opposite is a winged creature with a human face. Paradise has lost its colour, and only the tree of knowledge of good and evil shines in a promising green.

    In 1956, the French art magazine, Verve, published a special edition exclusively devoted to a set of illustrations for the Bible, created by Chagall. The issue comprised of 18 colour lithographs. Four years later, in 1960, the second volume of Illustrations for The Bible was published, with 24 colour lithographs.

    Marc Chagall (1887- 1985) was born Moishe Shagal near the city of Vitebsk, Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire.

    Chagall was the eldest of nine children. The family name, Shagal, is a variant of the name Segal, which in a Jewish community was usually borne by a Levitic family.

    Chagall's art can be understood as the response to a situation that has long marked the history of Russian Jews. Though they were cultural innovators who made important contributions to the broader society, Jews were considered outsiders in a frequently hostile society. Chagall himself was born of a family steeped in religious life; his parents were observant Hasidic Jews who found spiritual satisfaction in a life defined by their faith and prayer.

    In 1910, Chagall relocated to Paris to develop his artistic style where he enrolled at Académie de La Palette, an avant-garde school of art. In 1914 he returned to Russia during which time he worked as a stage designer and art teacher, before returning to Paris in 1922.

    It was latter in this decade he was commissioned by Vollard to illustrate the Old Testament. He used the assignment as an excuse to travel with his family to Israel to experience for himself the Holy Land.

    As a result, he immersed himself in "the history of the Jews, their trials, prophecies, and disasters. On there return between 1931 and 1934 he worked "obsessively" on "The Bible", completing 66 out of the total of 105 plates by the out break of war in 1939. It was not until 1956 the series was completed, when it was met with with great acclaim.

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