Dessins Pour la Bible.Paris : 1960 Stock Code: 139176
NotesFirst edition, first printing, of this lavish collection of Chagall's artwork inspired by the Old Testament. In 1930 Chagall set out to produce etchings to illustrate the Bible, at the request of the avant-garde art book publisher Ambroise Vollard. Chagall worked on the project for many years even after Vollard's death in 1939, eventually publishing the artwork in the French art magazine Verve in 1956. Chagall returned to the Old Testament in 1958 and 1959, covering themes which were not covered in the previous edition, especially the women of the Old Testament and the story of creation. These artworks were here published as numbers 37-38 of Verve, the final publication of the magazine before it folded that year. The French philosopher Gaston Bachelard contributed the introduction.
Folio. Original illustrated boards with a design by Chagall, titles to spine and front cover in black. No jacket issued.
With 24 original colour lithographs and 96 black and white illustrations by Chagall.
Very light rubbing around extremities, else a near-fine copy.
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