The Suffering of Jeremiah

Marc Chagall, The Suffering of Jeremiah, 1958. Lithograph. Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice.

As a child in Russia the biblical prophets and patriarchs and their stories had been real and immediate to Chagall. He wrote: "...Everything that touched my life through the years, births, deaths, weddings, flowers, animals, birds, the poor workers, my parents, lovers in the night, the biblical prophets, on the street, at home, in the temple and in heaven. And as I grew older, the tragedy of life within us and around us." After the war Chagall made several color lithographs depicting the weeping prophet that illustrate the despair and courage of people who live through the timeless cycles of suffering.

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