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.
In 1956, the art critic and publisher Tériade brought out a special issue of the legendary art magazine Revue Verve, which was exclusively devoted to one of Marc Chagall’s major themes: The Bible. For this outstanding issue, Chagall composed 18 full-page lithographs in colours and 12 in black and white. For his “Bible I” (4 years later, in 1960, the follow-up issue “Illustrations for The Bible” was published) Marc Chagall focused on characters from the Old Testament such as the Founding Fathers, the Kings, the Prophets and Angels.