Marc Chagall

Fin d'Absalom (End of Absalom) (24/100), 1956
12.30 x 9.70 in
Etching with hand-coloring in watercolor on Arches wove paper. Initialed "M. Ch.' in pencil, numbered 24/100. From the edition of 100 (aside from the black and white unsigned edition of 275 and 20 hors de commerce). One of 105 etchings comprising "La Bible". Published in 1956 by Triad, Paris. "La Bible" is one of Chagall's most important works. The work was originally commissioned by Ambroise Vollard in 1930. The artist spent the next eight years from 1931 to 1939 etching the plates. Printing of the plates took place after the War, at first in Maurice Potin's studio and later at Raymond Haas's. The copper plates were subsequently cancelled and given to Musee National Message Biblique in Nice by Marc and Lava Chagall.