Marc Chagall: Arabian Nights reproduces the subtle, iridescent colors of the original lithographs together with the texts of the four classic love stories that Chagall selected. It explains the story behind the lithographs and discusses the origins of the tales and their relationship to Judaic and Oriental mysticism. The tales focus on the powerful bond of human love, fate and love, the separation of lovers and their reunion, and the meaning of death. When in exile in the United States during World War II, Chagall revived his creative impulse following the death of his beloved wife, Bella, and embarked on this ambitious project. Although he had worked in lithography many years earlier, this was his first attempt at using color in the medium. He created 13 color lithographs and 13 drawings to illustrate the tales.