Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law

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Marc Chaghall
Born Vitebsk, Russia, 1887-1985

Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law, 1956
Lithograph

Purchased with support from the National Fund for Acquisitions, 1968
Museum number 596-1968-c

Born and trained in Russia, Chagall moved to Paris and became a pioneer of modernism. He is acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

In 1931 Chagall was commission by Vollard, the French art dealer, to illustrate the Old Testament version of the Bible, a theme the artist kept returning to. These gentle, almost child-like prints are part of a series of lithographs produced in the 1950s. Chagall commented on them:

"I did not see the Bible, I dreamed it. Ever since early childhood, I have been captivated by the Bible. It has always seemed to me and still seems today the greatest source of Poetry of all time"

Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law
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