Information about the artwork
From the series "Le Bible II", released in Verve Vol. 1, No. 37-38.
Printed in Mourlot Frères, Paris; published by Revue, Verve, Paris.
Particularity of Chagall's art lies in the fact that instead of a serial narrative he shows to us individual episodes and characters - inhabitants of heaven and spiritual leaders of the people. They are all shown in close up, generally, as a rule, without certain place and time. The artist's works are easy to naive in execution, as if they were drawn by a child, but with what primordial power these lines and spots are organized. The biblical theme was the leitmotif of the entire work of Marc Chagall. The Bible came alive, touched by his brush, the ancient texts blazed with new fire of rosen sacrament.
Rachel (heb. רָחֵל) is one of the two wives of patriarch Jacob, the younger daughter of Laban, sister of Leah, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. When Jacob and his wives Rachel and Leah leaved Mesopotamia, Rachel stole her father's household gods. After Laban overtook them, she hid the gods inside her camel's seat cushion, and sat upon them. She did this so that after her father's death her husband Jacob inherited his lands.
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