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Lot No. 149

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Marc Chagall

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    "Moses Saved From The Waters" Plate 26 From The "Etchings For The Bible", Series Of 105 Etchings

    etching with hand coloring, , c. 1931-39, signed with the initials which signifies the hand water-colored editions , from the edition of 100 published on Arches paper (numbered 93/100), a separate edition with large margins aside from the bound edition without coloring or signature, with the plate number verso bottom left, As published by Ambrose Vollard, Paris and printed by Teriade, Paris.

  • Condition:The full sheet, the colors bright and fresh.
  • Sheet: 17-1/4x12-1/8 inches (44 x 33 cm.)
  • Provenance: Meyerovich Gallery, Washington.
  • Framing: Sold framed
  • Note: This plate's imagery relates to the saving of the infant Moses from the waters of the Nile having been cast out after birth in one of the important biblical narratives from the old testament.

    This series of etchings (1931-1937, 1952-56) were started in the 1930s and completed in the fifties with most plates finished in the thirties. Plate 26 probably is from an later printing as the edition number is very high.

    Some consider this to be the artist's masterwork.

    Interestingly a law suit was successfully brought against Barron's magazine which alleged, apparently incorrectly, that Chagall did not apply the hand coloring personally.
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* Estimates do not include 25% buyer's premium (see Terms and Conditions). NR means no reserve (minimum bid $50 unless otherwise posted). Estimates in other currencies based on conversion rates of Euro: 0.91 , British Pound 0.82, Swiss Fr 1.01. All conversion values are approximate with the final cost determined in dollars.
workcode: mc-1875v-02