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Marc Chagall, the Jerusalem Windows, Signed First Edition, Very Fine Condition

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Chagall, Marc. The Jerusalem Windows First edition, signed and inscribed by Chagall. A fine, pristine copy with the scarce publisher's slipcase and shipping box. The English language issue. Inscribed by Chagall on the front free endpaper: "Pour Andrea Sillerstein / Marc Chagall / 1963 / Washington". "All the time I was working, I felt my father and my mother were looking over my shoulder, and behind them were Jews, millions of other vanished Jews of yesterday and a thousand years ago." -Chagall, on the creation of The Jerusalem Windows Beautifully illustrated with 104 plates (64 in full color), and two original color lithographs done expressly for this edition. Chagall's Jerusalem Windows illustrates and chronicles the creation of the famous twelve stained glass windows, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, designed by Chagall for the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center Synagogue in Jerusalem. With text and notes by Jean Leymarie. New York: George Braziller, (1962). Original red cloth, original pictorial dust jacket, original acetate, original slipcase and shipping box. A magnificent, fine copy, almost as new. Extremely rare signed and in such outstanding condition.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    1962
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 12.5 in. x W 2 in. x D 9.5 in.H 31.75 cm x W 5.08 cm x D 24.13 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU905712463293
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About Marc Chagall (Artist)

Described by art critic Robert Hughes as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century," the Russian-French modernist Marc Chagall worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, he developed his own, distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art.


Born Moishe Segal in 1887, in Belarus (then part of the Russian empire), Chagall is often celebrated for his figurative paintings, but he also produced stained-glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, in France; for the United Nations, in New York; and for the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as book illustrations, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine-art prints. Characterized by a bold color palette and whimsical imagery, his works are often narrative, depicting small-village scenes and quotidian moments of peasant life, as in his late painting The Flight into Egypt, from 1980.


Before World War I, Chagall traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. When the conflict broke out, he returned to Soviet-occupied Belarus, where he founded the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922. He fled to the United States during World War II but in 1947 returned to France, where he spent the rest of his life. His peripatetic career left its mark on his style, which was distinctly international, incorporating elements from each of the cultures he experienced. Marc Chagall remains one of the past century’s most respected talents.

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