THEN AFTERWARD MOSES AND AARON WENT AND SAID TO PHARAOH, “THUS SAY THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, LET MY PEOPLE GO”

Marc Chagall
THEN AFTERWARD MOSES AND AARON WENT AND SAID TO PHARAOH, “THUS SAY THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, LET MY PEOPLE GO”
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 VIII 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 451; Cramer 64 VIII.

17 3/4 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 the Lord said unto Moses, “Go unto Pharaoh and say unto him, ‘Thus speaks the Lord, God of the Hebrews; Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If thou refuse to let them go and keep them any longer, the hand of the Lord shall strike the herds that are in the country. The horses, and the asses, the camels, the oxen, and all the small flocks will be striken by a very deadly plague. And the Lord shall recognize the herds of Israel from those of the Egyptians and not one shall perish that belongs to the children of Israel. And the Lord has set the time and said that tomorrow shall the Lord carry out this threat over the whole land.’” And the next day the Lord kept his word. And all the cattle of the Egyptians did die, but of the cattle of the children of Israel not one died. And Pharaoh had an inquiry made and learned that not a single one of the cattle of Israel had perished! And in spite of this, Pharaoh was obstinate and he did not let the people go.

Exodus 5: 1-7

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