CHAGALL, MARC.

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CHAGALL, MARC. - Pristine Sheet of Signed Israeli Stamps Formerly in Collection of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek
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CHAGALL, MARC. - Pristine Sheet of Signed Israeli Stamps Formerly in Collection of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek

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CHAGALL, MARC. (1887-1985). Russian-born, French artist known for his highly personal, fantastical imagery inspired by Russian-Jewish folk themes and village life. Signed and dated sheet of stamps. (Signed “Chagall” in Roman and “Marc Chagall” in Hebrew). 1p. Oblong 4to. N.p., 1977. A pristine sheet of Israeli stamps featuring Chagall’s stained glass window representing the Israeli tribe of Simeon, signed and dated in blue ink on the upper margin. Formerly in the collection of five-term Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, known as “the greatest builder of Jerusalem since Herod.”

 

A prolific artist with a unique, dream-like style, Chagall’s works include painting, tapestries, illustrations, ceramics, and murals. His art combined Cubism, Expressionism and Symbolism to bring a unique sense of lightheartedness to Jewish themes.

 

Chagall’s first major project in stained glass was the church at Assy 1956, followed by windows for the cathedral of Metz, a project that lasted from 1958 to 1960. In 1960, Chagall began work on a set of 12 stained glass windows for the Abbell Synagogue at the Hadassah University Medical Center. With each window Chagall depicted one of the twelve tribes of Israel through their traditional symbols as well as animals, flowers, trees, and architecture. After their creation in his Cote d’Azur studio, the windows were exhibited at the Louvre in Paris and New York’s MoMA before their installation in Jerusalem in February 1962. At the dedication, the artist proclaimed, “This is my modest gift to the Jewish people, who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship and of peace among all people. This is my gift to that people which lived here thousands of years ago among the other Semitic people.” Chagall continued to work in stained glass, creating windows for the United Nations building in New York and churches in the English towns of Tudeley and West Sussex and Mainz, Germany.

 

In this window, Chagall uses birds, winged beasts, the sun and moon, a village, and tents to represent the semi-nomadic Tribe of Simeon.

 

In mint condition. Archivally matted and framed.

 

Item #18928


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