He gave him Two Tables of the
145154 Chagall, Marc From `The Story of Exodus' He gave him Two Tables of the Testimonie, even tables of stone, written with the finger of god. M.459 1966 18'' x 13 1/4'' Lithograph in color on Arches wove paper. From the edition of 250 examples (there are also 20 examples with large margins on Japon Nacre paper, hand-signed and numbered, and 15 examples annotated A-O reserved for the collaborators, unsigned). 'The Story of the Exodus' suite by Chagall includes 23 single page color lithographs and one double page color lithograph. In 1966, the publisher Teriade, urged Chagall to once again look at the 19 preperatory gouach studies he had created for his monumental series of etchings of the Bible commissioned by the great publisher Ambrose Vollard. After Vollard's death, the project had been abandoned, but was completed by Chagall and Teriade in 1953. Chagall was re-inspired to create biblical subjects once again and created the 23 color lithographs which comprised the 'Exodus' suite. They are considered a "tour de force'" in the artist's graphic oeuvre and rank with his lithographic masterpieces, "le Cirque," and "Daphnis and Chloe." Julien Cain, noted writer on art and member of the Institut de France, commented on the 'Exodus' suite, "...we can see the life of Moses from the moment when Pharoah's daughter found him in the bullrushes, down to his death, and thereafter the entry into the promised land. Unity of conception is never lost in all the variety of these scenes, while the technique of lithography permits endless nuances." Chagall's devotion and innovation to the medium of lithography is legendary. He worked tirelessly in creating one of the most extensive bodies of graphic works ever created in any century. His abilty to create the look and atmosphere of a pastel chalk drawing or a watercolor in lithography advanced the medium to a level that had not existed previously. He was known to devote countless hours to proofing his lithographs and his perfectionism resulted in many works that were never released and some complete editions that were destroyed by his own hand. Chagall created the drawings for his last lithograph on March 26, 1985 the day of his death. The work was ultimately printed by Charles Sorlier, Chagall's friend, colleage and lithographer less than an hour before he died.
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