France: George Braziller Inc, 1962. First edition. Near Fine/Very Good. A Near Fine copy of the book, complete with the two lithographs created specially for this work. In a Very Good dust jacket that is worn across the top edge where the mylar stops. Lacking the publisher's slipcase.The collection documenting Chagall's masterpiece, a series of stained glass windows created for the Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical Center, in Jerusalem. Chagall had already achieved famed as an artist -- noted critic Robert Hughes called Chagall "the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century" - when he did first work with stained glass, in his late 60s. The Jerusalem Windows, finished in 1961, are considered Chagall's masterpiece in this medium (Indeed, Chagall himself considered them his best work in glass), and took him over two years to complete. There are twelve windows, and each is supposed to represent one of the twelve tribes of Israel."The essence of the Jerusalem Windows lies in color, in Chagall's magical ability to animate material and transform it into light. Words do not have the power to describe Chagall's color, its spirituality, its singing quality, its dazzling luminosity, its ever more subtle flow, and its sensitivity to the inflections of the soul and the transports of the imagination. It is simultaneously jewel-hard and foamy, reverberating and penetrating, radiating light from an unknown interior." (Art critic Jean Leymarie). Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket.
(Inventory #: 1697)
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