Lot 25: Chagall Signs a Sheet of Israeli Stamps from the Jerusalem Windows Series
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26 October 2016
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Description: Marc Chagall Signs a Sheet of Stamps from the Jerusalem Windows Depicting the Tribe of Judah********** 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. (“Marc Chagall”). 1p. 4to. N.p., 1977. A pristine sheet of fifteen Israeli stamps featuring Chagall’s stained glass window representing the Israeli tribe of Judah, 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 paintings, tapestries, illustrations, ceramics, and murals. His art combined Cubism, Expressionism and Symbolism to bring a unique sense of lightheartedness to diverse 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 depicts 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. ********** Chagall’s window for the Tribe of Judah includes depictions of hands holding a crown, a city and a lion, the tribe’s best-known symbol. The Tribe of Judah, whose members include kings David and Solomon and the prophets Isaiah, Habakkuk, Micah, Obadiah, Zechariah, and Jesus, dominated much of southern Israel, including Jerusalem. ********** In pristine condition.