”If we had nothing of Chagall but his Bible he would be for us a great modern artist... In accomplishing this work, he has surmounted, then, what seem to be the limits of his own and perhaps of all modern art.” -Meyer Schapiro
First American edition, INSCRIBED BY CHAGALL AND WITH STUNNING ORIGINAL FULL-PAGE COLOR DRAWING of Moses receiving the tablets on title page. With important provenance.
The astonishing original Chagall drawing, which fills nearly the entire title page (10.5x14 inches) depicts Moses receiving the Ten Commandments with an angel to his side. On the right border a dove emerges from a tree and above all is a rich, blue sky. Composed with orange, blue, and green crayons, pencil, and ink.
Complete with 16 lithographs in color, 12 in black and white, plus the lithograph cover, all specially created for this book. Also illustrated with reproductions in heliogravure of the 105 etchings made by Chagall for the illustrations of the Bible.
Provenance: Inscribed by Chagall: “Pour Lenette et George Nayor --> NJ 1966 Marc Chagall” and from the collection of Herman Krawitz, former assistant general manager of the Metropolitan Opera House. Krawitz was the son-in-law of the dedicatees Lenette and George Nayor.
“Herman Krawitz worked for the Metropolitan Opera for nineteen years, with nine of those years as Assistant General Manager. During this time he worked closely with Marc Chagall... In 1966, Chagall painted two monumental murals for the outside of the Metropolitan Opera in New York... On display in the lobby, the murals are approximately 30 ft (9.1 m) by 36 ft (11 m) and visible to the outside plaza. The south wall holds the work entitled The Triumph of Music while the north wall contains The Sources of Music” (Llyn Towner, “Herman Krawitz ‘Working with Chagall’”). Note: The inscription is dated 1966, the same year Krawitz was working with Chagall on the murals.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1956. Folio, original pictorial (lithographed) boards, original dust jacket. Book with tape residue to endpapers, otherwise book and lithographs fine; extremely scarce dust jacket (almost never seen) with chipping, edgewear, and damage to spine. Housed in a stunning custom box by noted book artist Sjoerd Hofstra. A REMARKABLE, ORIGINAL CHAGALL WORK.
Price: $40,000 .