Marc Chagall, ‘The Descent Toward Sodom’, 1956, Gilden's Art Gallery

This etching is hand-coloured by the artist in yellow, red and green watercolour.
It is signed in pencil "M. Ch." in the lower right margins.
It is numbered in pencil "58/100" on the lower left margins.
The work is from "The Bible" series and was printed by Raymond Haasen, Paris in 1958 in a limited edition of 100 hand coloured impressions.
It is the 8th plate in the series of 105 images that Chagall created for his important series published by Tériade, Paris.

Literature:

  1. Cramer, Patrick. Marc Chagall, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné.
    Reference: Cramer 30
  2. Marc Chagall and Ambroise Vollard: Complete Catalogue of Etchings by Marc Chagall commissioned by Ambroise Vollard, ed. Charles Sorlier.
    Reference: Vollard 206

Condition: Good Condition. Paper mildly discoloured.

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