Marc Chagall - Ruth gleaning


Category Marc Chagall Tags signed prints

Original Lithograph, 1965, in colours, on Arches paper, signed by the artist in pencil.

Size: Image size: 14 in x 10 1/2 in (35.6 x 26.7 cm), Sheet size: 20 3/4 in x 15 in (52.7 x 38.1 cm

Published by: Editions Verve, Paris

Printed by : Draeger, Paris

Note: This was made for CHAGALL DRAWINGS FOR THE BIBLE. Verve edition 36/37 1960. Our work is from a Deluxe series which was made with wide margins, signed and numbered in an edition of 50.

The Book of Ruth relates that Ruth and Orpah, two women of Moab , had married two sons of Elimelech and Naomi , Judeans who had settled in Moab to escape a famine in Judah. The husbands of all three women die; Naomi plans to return to her native Bethlehem and urges her daughters-in-law to return to their families. Orpah does so, but Ruth refuses to leave Naomi, declaring (Ruth 1:16–17), “Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried.” Ruth accompanies Naomi to Bethlehem and later marries Boaz, a distant relative of her late father-in-law. She is a symbol of abiding loyalty and devotion.

Having traveled with Naomi, her mother-in-law, back in her hometown of Bethlehem, Ruth goes out to the fields to glean the grain left behind after the harvest. The seated figure gesturing towards Ruth could be Naomi or Boaz, the man who owns the land. Throwing a bundle of golden wheat over her shoulder, Ruth bends her head and listens to her companion. Organic swathes of crimson and umber unite the two figures and bright spots of white hint at the sun high overhead.

Ruth's wide stance and tall posture give her a strong presence, and one can easily imagine how a man might be moved by her proud labor and thick, red hair. Chagall blends romanticism and spirituality in Ruth glaneuse (Ruth Gleaning) in this beautifully evocative print.

Provenance: The private collection of Jesse Granado, Ounta Gorda, Florida

Valuation: Sold with the work is a valuation from Park West Gallery , Delaware addressed to the previous owner dated 7/6/2016 at which the work is valued at U$13,600


1) Gauss, Ulrike. Marc Chagall: The Lithographs. New York: Distributed Art Publishers. Listed and illustrated as catalogue no. 246 on p.121.

2) Mourlot, Fernand. The Lithographs of Chagall: 1957-1962. Boston: Boston Book and Art Shop, Inc., 1963. Listed and illustrated as catalogue no. 246 on pp. 74-5

Edition: 50 - From the Deluxe edition. There was also a large edition of unsigned proofs made for inclusion in the book with no margins.