Bible, Marc Chagall, Verve
Fernand Mourlot and Marc Chagall examine a lithograph

Artist: Marc Chagall Russian-French (1887-1985)

Title: Bible, Marc Chagall, Verve

Plate: MP. 22

Description: Condition A.
from the "Affiches Originales" series. 
Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex. 
Certificate of Authenticity.

Sheet Size: 9 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in 23.5 cm x 32 cm

Price: $195.00

"The Old Testament Bible Story was perhaps the single most important source of inspiration for Chagall’s art.. Whilst many of his works treat themes of love which are outwardly secular, at an underlying level there is the constant influence of the Bible stories and teaching. In his introduction to the catalogue for his Museum of the Bible Message in Nice Chagall wrote that two factors lay at the centre of his artistic inspiration - Love and the Bible Story. ‘Ever since my earliest youth I have been fascinated by the Bible. I have always believed that it is the greatest source of poetry of all time...The Bible is an echo of nature, and this I Have endeavoured to transmit....In art everything is possible, so long as it is based on love.’


Chagall's first colour lithographs had been drawn whilst he was in New York but it was in the stimulating atmosphere of the Mourlot studio, where Picasso had found such inspiration from 1945, that Chagall's real pleasure in the medium of colour lithography came to full fruition in the years from the beginning of the 1950's." (Weston)


During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed most of the "original" posters of the most important artists of the day. In 1959 they printed the series "Affiches Originales" for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the "original" posters created by the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.