Tell me about the David Suite.
Do I have a
lithograph or a poster?
Compassion Through the Generations-
Edna produced two items for Hadassah, an
original stone lithograph called "Hadassah-The Generations, Litho# 314" and
later a very similar poster called Compassion Through the Generations, with
blue and brown colors--the lithograph was photographed to print the poster.
The poster has both English and Hebrew
writing on it. The lithograph only has Hebrew writing on it.
If you don't know about the process of
lithography, please look in our FAQ section for some help. Stone lithographs
involve a lot of the artist's personal involvement in the work. Some other
artists call their prints, lithographs ,which can be confusing. You need to
ask how it was made.
In general, Edna signs the lithographs in
pencil, and we believe that Edna signed this poster with a marker. She only
signed this Hadassah poster as a major fundraiser for them. Usually you will
not find a lithograph and poster of the same or very similar images. Usually
posters are copies from paintings.
One difference is the paper--lithographs
are printed on heavy rag or rice paper because they are pressed against stones
with a great deal of force. Posters are on thinner paper or even glossy
paper--they come off an offset printing press. .
Usually, Edna does not sign a poster
except if she is at an event and then she says " With Love, Edna Hibel" or
some other special message that the buyer requests.
Size may also be an indicator. The image
of the lithograph was precisely 21 1/2" by 17" and the edition size was 408.
If you have a poster, the edition size is
larger and we don't have a record of the image size. If there are no edition
numbers or marking saying A/P or Unique, and it is not signed in pencil,it is
probably a print. If you wish a definitive answer, please send a digital
photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and
you will be contacted with our nominal fees.
The central theme of the suite is the life of the
Biblical King David
captured in seven moments, from his boyhood with his friend Jonathan and his
sheep, to his struggles with and celebrations of the Eternal One (including
his dancing around the Ark and his counsel with Nathan the prophet), and
through Bathsheba's birth of his son and heir, Solomon.
The suite was inspired by a journey to Israel, and it has both a universal
and an intensely personal meaning for Edna Hibel. Her interest in David was
sparked when Edna was told that David was famous for his red hair. Since
her own father had bright red hair, Edna suddenly found herself fascinated
by David, "not as a remote figure," as she says, "but in a very immediate
and personal way."
Edna Hibel states, "For me, the story of David is the story of Everyman, not
so much in the external events as in the essential components of his inner
life--his weaknesses and his strengths. The important moments, as I see
them, are not the struggle with Goliath or the battles with the Philistines,
but the times when David was forced to confront the Eternal as embodied in
the the crucial instants of love or courage, self-examination or joyous
We think you will find that Edna Hibel's lithographs of David hold out to us
exceptional beauty and great human insight.
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