This is a lithograph that was published in the literary magazine Verve in 1960. The print depicts the violent moment in which Cain in a jealous rage stabs his brother Abel. Chagall portrays the pair against a fiery orange background and a dark sky. He also outlines their bodies in red to suggest blood. The colors allude to Cain’s violent and ominous act.
Marc Chagall was a versatile artist who worked in almost every medium. In his work he fused multiple artistic styles with symbols from his Jewish heritage.
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