The size of Frame: 27 3/4"L x 25 1/2" W x 2 1/8"Thick (70.5 cm x 65 cm x 5.3 cm
The size of Image: 11 "L x 9 1/4" W (28 cm x 23.5 cm)
Artist: Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Title: David Vainqueur de Goliath (David's Victory Over Goliath)
The condition of etching: Excellent, the mat has slightly tanned from the age.
Medium: Etching with hand coloring on Arches paper. Signed (initialled in pencis, numbered. One of 105 etchings comprising "La Bible". From the edition of 100 (aside from the black and white unsigned edition of 275 and 20 proofs hors commerece on Montval paper). Published in 1956 by Teriade, Paris.
We had this framed etching since September 1988 stored away from any sun lighting which kept excellent condition. It never hang on the wall. 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
(www.parkwest-chagall.com/bible.aspx). This is No. 63 from 105 etching Chagall's Bible series. I will send you the copy of book, Chargall and The Bible, The Jewish Museum. The current price for Chargall's Bible series etching with handcolored and signed by Chagall in pencil selling around $10,000 to $15.000.00 in the market. Please note, condition of etching is excellent. The certificate show as mat is stained but it is rather wording of slightly tanned.
The subject of etching is from Bible, I Samuel, XVII, 48-51. David's persona takes on heroic dimension as he grasps Goliath's sword with one hand and the hear of the Philistine with the other. Goliath's be headed body can barely be discerened lying on the ground beside him. Deeply etched, cross-hatched strokes lend mottled teture to the figure and ground. The stark contrast between the dark and light areas, echoed in the sky, adds expressionist quality to the composition. (article from the book of "Chagall and the Bible.)
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)