Marc Chagall (French, b. Belorussia, 1887-1985)
Moses Receives the Ten Commandments, from The Story of the Exodus suite, 1966
- Lithograph on paper
- 18 3/8 x 13 1/2 in. (46.6 x 34.3 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of Herman and Sietske Turndorf, 1982-231.14
- © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Not on view
The composition is bounded by an uneven, irregular rectangular border.
The black background implies that it is nighttime, but not much more can be discerned about the setting. Two figures go right up to the edge along the right side of the composition.
Almost all the figures have curvilinear, arcing arms (as opposed to L-shapes to express bends at elbow). These same arced lines are echoed by Moses’ legs, the menorah, and the horns. This repetition of forms and lines leads the viewer’s eyes cycling around the artwork, even though they are ultimately drawn back to Moses, the focal point of the picture.