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Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)

Tamar Daughter-in-Law of Judah from The Bible Series, 1960


On the reverse: another original lithograph, plain (Mourlot N° 266);
Biblical reference: Gen 38


Tamar Daughter-in-Law of Judah from The Bible, 1960

This is the original lithograph from Chagall's Bible II series, as referenced in Mourlot's catalogue raisonné.

Image Size: 14 in x 10 1/2 in (35.6 cm x 26.7 cm)
Sheet Size: 19 1/4 in x 15 in (48.9 cm x 38.1 cm)
Framed Size:

32 in x 28 1/4 in (81.3 cm x 71.8 cm)


Good condition with bright, saturated colors.

In a moment of deceit and retribution, the widow Tamar, desperate for a child, dons a veil to hide herself and lures her wicked father-in-law, Judah, into the bedroom pretending to be a prostitute.

Judah approaches Tamar who stands waiting for him on the road. In Chagall's picture she is dressed in the veil of a prostitute, with only her tiny, alarmed eyes peeping out at the top. But her clothing is flamboyantly red-orange, the color of sexual passion. Bible reference:  Genesis 38:15-18

Illustrated in:
1. Gauss, Ulrike, ed. Marc Chagall - The Lithographs, La Collection Sorlier. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 243.
2. Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall, vol. II, 1957 - 1962. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 243 on pgs. 74-5; detailed on pg. 66.
3. Cramer, Patrick. Marc Chagall, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 42 on pgs. 144-7.

Created in 1960, this work was featured as part of a series of 24 color lithographs made by Marc Chagall to illustrate The Bible "The Bible Series".

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