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Almost 10 years in the making, and comprising over 100 etchings, this was the third of Chagall's etching suites to be commissioned by the great publisher Ambroise Vollard.
Embarking on the project during a time of economic uncertainty, Chagall travelled to Palestine in 1931 for inspiration and worked on the plates throughout the 1930s, even as anit-Semitic violence and the rise of the Nazis threatened its existence. In January 1934 a major blow to the project came when Volard suspended his financial support as he weathered the Depression, but Chagall continued unabated.
The first 66 plates were completed by 1939, with the latter 39 already begun; but after Vollard's death at the advent of WWII, the project was postponed.
It was not taken up again until 1952, when Chagall returned to the 39 unfinished plates. By 1956 the suite was complete, and a new publisher was found in Tériade. The final 105 etchings, characterised by an exquisite interweaving of lines hatched, scratched and scored, are thought to be Chagall's greatest and most personal work as a printmaker. "If we had nothing of Chagall but his bible", wrote Meyer Schapiro, "he would be for us a great modern artist."

Artworks

Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - La Colombe de l'Arche (The Dove of the Ark)

La Colombe de l'Arche (The Dove of the Ark)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - Sacrifice de Noé (Sacrifice of Noah)

Sacrifice de Noé (Sacrifice of Noah)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - La Manteau de Noé (Noah's Mantle)

La Manteau de Noé (Noah's Mantle)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - La Circoncision (The Circumcision)

La Circoncision (The Circumcision)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - Abraham et les Trois Anges (Abraham and the Three Angels)

Abraham et les Trois Anges (Abraham and the Three Angels)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - La Descente vers Sodome (The Descent into Sodom)

La Descente vers Sodome (The Descent into Sodom)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - Lot et ses Filles (Lot and his Daughters)

Lot et ses Filles (Lot and his Daughters)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - Le Sacrifice de Abraham (The Sacrifice of Abraham)

Le Sacrifice de Abraham (The Sacrifice of Abraham)

1956

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Chagall |  BIBLE ETCHINGS     - Abraham Pleurant Sara (Abraham Weeping for Sarah)

Abraham Pleurant Sara (Abraham Weeping for Sarah)

1956

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