Marc Chagall, ‘King David (pink)’, 1974, ArtWise

Lithograph printed on Japon paper, not signed and not numbered. The lithograph is cataloged number 721 in "Chagall-The Lithographs" by D.A.P. Due to the deeply religious nature of some of Chagall's work, it could be assumed that the king with the harp depicted here is a representation of King David of the Old Testament. King David was attributed with the creation of many of the psalms contained within the book of psalms. Seventy-three of the 150 psalms in the Bible are attributed to King David, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls (11QPsa) attributes 3600 tehilim (songs of praise) plus other compositions to him. Nevertheless, there is no hard evidence for Davidic authorship of any of them. The psalms use the poetic device of parallelism which develops an idea by the usage of repetition, synonyms, and opposites.

About Marc Chagall

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role among Jewish artists, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He preferred to be considered separately from other artists, his imagery and allegory uniquely his own.

Russian-French, 1887-1985, Vitebsk, Belarus