Tribe of Dan (3rd Stage), 1962

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Tribe of Dan (3rd Stage), 1962


Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985)                            

Medium: Color Lithograph

Printer/Publisher: Mourlot Atelier, Paris

Dimensions: 7" x 9" (18.5" x 20.5" with frame)

Catalogue Raisonné: Cramer Chagall. The Illustrated Books 49

“Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path.” ~ Genesis 49:16-17


In 1959, Marc Chagall was commissioned to design the stained-glass windows for the synagogue that was to be part of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. Marc Chagall’s Tribe of Dan is included in the Jerusalem Window series; often regarded as the most prolific works in Chagall’s long career. The lithographs showcase the beauty and intricacy with which Chagall designed an architectural masterpiece. The accumulation of years of labor, this series portrays Chagall’s passion for religious narration and the inescapable draw that everyone has to his dreamy interpretation of them.

Each of the twelve windows would represent one of the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve kin groups of ancient Israel, who are each traditionally descended from one of the twelve sons of Jacob: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. Upon Jacob’s death, the territory of Israel was divided amongst his twelve sons, designating the twelve tribes of Israel. Chagall worked on the project for two years, with the windows ultimately exhibited in Paris, 1961, and at the Museum of Modern Art New York in 1961. In 1962, they were permanently installed in the synagogue. 



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