Etching by Marc Chagall, from Bible Series No.83

Etching by Marc Chagall, from Bible Series No.83

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 Item was $2,750.00, Sale $1,200.00 
The size of Frame: 28 1/2"L x 25 3/4" W x 1 5/8"Thick (72.4 cm x 65.4 cmx4.2cm
The size of Image: 11 3/8"L x 9 5/8" W (29 cm x 24.4 cm)
Artist: Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Title: Elie et la Veuve de Serepta(Elia and the widow of Sarepta) 1931-39 V.280
The condition of etching: Excellent.
Medium: Etching on Montval paper. Signed on the plate. One of 105 etchings comprising ht Bible Suite, commisioned by Ambroise Vollard. From the edition of 275 albums, which was signed on the frontpiece, (20 albums horse-commerce and albums handcolored, signed and numberd also exis). Sixty-six etchings were printed by Maurice Potin and the remaining thirtly-nine were printed by Raymond Hassen from 1952-1956.

We had this framed etching since September 1988 stored away from any sun lighting which kept excellent condition. We guarantee authorship as we have the certificate of Authenticity from Park West Gallery. You can read about Chagall's Bible series etching process from their website about Chagall's Bible ( This is No. 83 from 105 etching Chagall's Bible series. I will send you the copy of book, Chargall and The Bible, The Jewish Museum.

The subject of etching is from Bible, I Kings, XVII, 8-10. Chagall capture the sensation of the arid landscape which echoes Elijah's thirst and conveys the impending famine. A dome of light in the sky coveres the scene, signifying God's presence. Chagall devoted seven etchings in the bible to Elijah, the prophet who has inspired him from his earliest youth. Chagall's childhood memories are filled with reference to Elijah.

Chagall's Bible Etching
Commissioned by Ambroise Vollard in 1930, Chagall spent the next eight years etching the plates for La Bible. Printing of the plates took place after World War II, first in Maurice Potin’s and Raymond Hassen’s studios (published in 1956). The copper plates were subsequently cancelled and given to the Musee National Message Biblique in Nice by Marc and Vava Chagall. Chagall chose the scenes he illustrated for the commissioned work, The Bible, very carefully. His selectiveness had a great deal to do with his own spirituality and the world around him. He wanted to portray the struggles and triumphs of strong Jewish figures from a divine world that he considered just as real as the secular world. Considering the persecution of the Jewish faith at the time he created these etchings, it gives special meaning to this work in the context of history. Of the Bible, this is what the Chagall said, "Ever since my earliest youth, I have been fascinated with the Bible. I have always believed…that it is the greatest source of poetry of all time…I have sought its reflection in life and art. The Bible is life, an echo of nature, and this is the secret I have endeavored to transmit." Between 1931 and 1939 Chagall created 105 etchings depicting the Bible. He worked in the Atelier of Maurice Potin, where 66 of the etchings were made between 1931 and 1939. The remaining 39 were completed between 1952 and 1956 in the Atelier of Raymond Haasen.(contents from Parkwest Gallery)