David & Bathsheba

ARTIST: Marc Chagall

YEAR: 1956

MEDIUM: Color lithograph on paper

IMAGE SIZE: 10.25 x 14 in. (approx.)


EDITION: From the hardcover Verve Volume VIII, Nos 33 and 34. Paris, France 1956

CONDITION: Excellent

DESCRIPTION: The complete book, comprising 29 lithographs, 17 printed in colors, with accompanying text by Meyer Schapiro and Jean Wahl, from the edition of 6,500; together with dessins pour la bible, verve, vol. x, nos. 37-8 (M. 230-77; C. Bks. 42), the complete book, comprising 48 lithographs, 25 printed in colors, with accompanying text by Gaston Bachelard, both published by Editions de la Revue Verve, 1956 and 1960, on wove paper, in good condition, bound as issued; together with verve, vols. i-ix, nos. 1-12, 14-32, 35-36, a large group of periodicals, with illustrations of artists’ work, some duplicate volumes, all published by Editions de la Revue Verve, 1937-58, on wove paper.

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About the Art

This is an original color lithograph from a biblical series Chagall was commissioned to create for a deluxe edition of the literary magazine Verve. Chagall had a lifetime fascination with the Bible and he called it “the greatest source of poetry of all time.” Using a whimsical yet sensitive style, he highlighted key moments from the Old Testament.

In the book of Samuel, David sees Bathsheba bathing and asks to know more about this beautiful woman. He learns she is married to Uriah the Hettite and he still sends messengers to bring her to him and he gets her pregnant. He tries to get Uriah to go home and see his wife but he refuses to go home while men are still fighting. He even tried to get him drunk and he still slept right outside of the palace among his master’s servants. David eventually sends him back to the front lines with a message for Joab to leave Uriah on the front lines to die. Uriah does end up dying in the war and David married Bathsheba, displeasing the lord. The lord punished him by taking the life of his son, David fasted in an effort to save him but when he passed he began to eat again. He comforted Bathsheba and they went on to have another son the lord loved.


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Shipping Details

Weight 9.5 lbs
Dimensions 19.5 × 22.5 × 3 in