Angel of Paradise. L'ange du paradis. Single original lithograph from Verve 33/34. 1956. Marc Chagall.

Angel of Paradise. L'ange du paradis. Single original lithograph from Verve 33/34. 1956

Paris: Fernand Mourlot (printer), 1956. A single leaf from Verve 33/34; also known as "La Bible" or "Illustrations for the Bible." Mourlot 121. Printed in four colors and black on white wove paper. 34.2 x 25.3 cm. 6500 copies in the published books (French, English, German). (A vastly more valuable edition of 75 copies also was issued on slightly larger Arches paper and signed at the lower edge.) These once-common but desirable prints by Chagall and many other 20th-century masters typically appeared in relatively large editions as book illustrations. They are authentic works described in the catalogue raisonnes. When Chagall created these images, he did not sign the plates in the stone because their presence in the books guaranteed their authenticity. The two volumes of the Chagall Bible and other similar books stood among the great bargains of the 20th century, when they first were published at normal trade prices. Thousands of copies have been stripped and the prints sold separately. Once the leaves are loose, how does a buyer distinguish reproductions from the real thing? First, be extremely skeptical of any of these prints without margins that claim to be "signed." Second, buy from a reliable seller who stands behind his or her offerings, and dismiss those who demand exorbitant prices gussied up with worthless "C.O.A."s. Good luck! The black margin is part of the scan, not the work of art. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order. Item #05553

Price: $200.00

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