Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985), Russian/French
ADAM ET EVE ET LE FRUIT DEFENDU (FROM DESSINS POUR LA BIBLE), 1960 [MOURLOT, 235]
Colour lithograph on Arches wove paper; signed and numbered 32/50 in pencil to margin. Printed by Mourlot, Paris. Published by Verve, Paris.
Image 14" x 10.5" — 35.6 x 26.7 cm.
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The father of Surrealism, Chagall’s Adam et Eve et le Fruit Defendu, 1960 is the archetype of the artist’s style – the dream-like state he created throughout his oeuvre. Over his career, Chagall was captivated by the Bible: “It always seemed to me the greatest source of poetry of all time” stated the artist, “there is nothing more powerful than the first man and woman”. This figurative nature of Adam and Eve, side by side, their elongated bodies appear weightless, floating – both seemly content as Adam holds the forbidden fruit. Surrounded by the lushness of the Garden of Eden, the foliage and menagerie of animals co-exiting in the last few seconds of this true paradise, is perfectly captured by Chagall.
Galerie Dresdnere Inc., Toronto label verso, inventory No. 6072, accompanied by the receipt dated April 1, 1964, invoice No. M103;
From whom purchased by a Private Collection, Westmount, Quebec.
Department: International Art
Medium: Prints, Works on Paper