"L'arc en ciel, Pl 4, from La Bible", 1931-39. Etching and aquatint with hand-coloring on Arches paper. Initialed in pencil and numbered. Image size 11 3/4" x 9"; 298x228mm. Sheet size 21" x 15 3/8"; 533x391mm. Edition size 100. Published/printed by Tenade, 1958/Raymond Haasen, Paris. Full margins. A very good impression [Vollard 202; C. bk 30].
Marc Chagall (1887-1985), was a Russian-born (Vitebsk, today Belarus, Russia), French painter distinguished for his Surrealist creations. He is one of the most recognized and influential artists of the 20th century. Chagall had a lifelong fascination with works on paper and post particularly with the technical demands of etching on lithography. His works treat subjects with humor and fantasy that drew deeply on the unconscious. Chagall's unique imagery is suffused with exquisite poetic inspiration derived from Russian Expressionism and French Cubism.
Ambroise Vollard suggested to Chagall that he consider illustrating the Bible in 1930. Chagall made a number of gouaches and then began etching plates for his Bible series. They are unlike any other interpretation of the Bible. They capture Chagall's literal interpretation of his broad knowledge of biblical texts and were created with his recollections from his 1931 trip to Palestine.
"L'arc en ciel," represents Chagall's interpretation of covenant between God and earth, the rainbow being God's sign of the covenant.
"L'arc en ciel," is in a black with silver undertones Roma leaf pattern coved 28 3/4" x 25 1/4"; 730x641mm frame. The Larson-Juhl "Bolshoi" smooth silver wood fillet echoes the frame. The outer hand-wrapped Belique natural colored linen, inner taupe rag and raised 6-ply rag inner mats are acid and lignin free and protected with Acrylite-AR OP3 (UV) by CYRO ....... $6,800.00