HE WROTE IN THE TABLETS THE WORDS OF THE COVENANT, EVEN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,

Marc Chagall
HE WROTE IN THE TABLETS THE WORDS OF THE COVENANT, EVEN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,
Lithograph
1966

An original Marc Chagall Lithograph print.

1966

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper bearing apportion of the Arches block letter watermark.

A superb impression of the definitive state from the edition of 250 on this paper (there were 20 additional impressions printed on Japan paper, and 15 additional hors commerce impressions on Arches wove paper, for an overall edition of 285). Plate XIX of 24 color lithographs by the artist illustrating The Story of Exodus. Published by Léon Amiel, Paris-New York, 1966; printed by Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Mourlot 462; Cramer 64 XIX.

18 1/8 x 13 1/8 inches

Sheet Size: 19 7/8 x 14 1/2 inches

Chagall was introduced in 1948 to original lithography by Fernand Mourlot, owner of one of the world’s great lithography workshops in Paris. In the thirty-five years following over one thousand original lithographs were created through the collaboration of Chagall and Mourlot. With these spectacularly vibrant works of art Chagall has become recognized as the greatest chromo-lithographer in the history of modern art.

In 1966, Leon Amiel published The Story of the Exodus, a portfolio containing twenty-four large color lithographs, twenty-three of which were printed on paper measuring 500 x 370mm and one double-size plate with a centerfold. The edition consisted of a total of 285 portfolios.

The name Exodus means "going out" or “departure". It refers not only to one of the most important events of the book, the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, but also to other highly significant events as well, such as the oppression of the Chosen People in Egypt, the flight and call of Moses, and God’s covenant with the nation Israel at Sinai – an experience culminating in His giving of the moral law (Ten Commandments) through Moses to the people.

Chagall’s illustrations of this story are a superb example of the artist’s masterful use of vivid color and texture. The Story of Exodus as done by Chagall re-introduces a celebrated historical tale in a refreshingly beautiful way.

And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. And it came to pass, when Moses cam down from mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold the skin of his face shown; and they were afraid to come nigh him. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. And afterwards all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
Exodus 34:28-32

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