The large smiling mouth of a bright green donkey dominates this beautiful depiction of the story of Creation by French symbolist Marc Chagall. A small green bird flutters around the donkey’s nostrils. Flowers and leaves bloom from the wild mane of this ‘Chagallian animal’ and symbolize the hope of fulfilling God’s plan of felicitous Creation. Adam and a topless naked Eve stand at the left edge of the painting. The seduced one holds the highly symbolic apple, the forbidden fruit, over the head of his seductress and hints at the rest of the story.
The colour lithograph is in very good condition. There is another small lithograph in black and white on the reverse side. The paper measures 35 x 26 cm. The “Paradise (the green donkey)” colour lithograph was created for the famous Verve edition “Dessins pour la Bible” Verve 37/38, Paris 1960 of which there are 6,500 unsigned sheets of Velin paper and 50 numbered and signed prints of Arches handmade paper. The piece at hand comes with a certificate.
Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985)
Russian-French painter Marc Chagall is renowned for his biblical motifs. He used the same recurring symbols in his painted and printed works, in his mosaics and in the windows and stage-sets he designed. As one of the most important artists of the 20th Century the “painter poet” gave Expressionism a new character. After his first education at private art schools in Saint Petersburg he went to Paris in 1910 where he was involved in the avant-garde art scene. Apart from that, he was inspired by visits to the salons, exhibitions and museums of this exciting city. After the First World War which Chagall spent in Russia he went to Berlin and later returned to Paris. Even after he had immigrated to America in 1941 he returned to his “ville lumière” Paris in 1948. Throughout his lifetime Marc Chagall received numerous commissions and their preparation and execution took him around the world. During his lifetime already he was honoured with various international exhibitions, retrospectives and art prizes.