Marc Chagall

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  • Marc Chagall - Le Cheval Vert

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    Le Cheval Vert

  • Marc Chagall - Le Repose

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    Le Repose

  • Marc Chagall - L'Atelier Bleu

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    L’Atelier Bleu

  • Marc Chagall - The Painter in a Red Jacket

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    The Painter in a Red Jacket

  • Marc Chagall - Joshua Stops the Sun

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    Joshua Stops the Sun

  • Marc Chagall - Moses Dies in Sight of the Promised Land

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    Moses Dies in Sight of the Promised Land

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    David et le Lion

  • Marc Chagall - Eiffel Tower
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    Eiffel Tower

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  • Marc Chagall - The Flute Player
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    The Flute Player

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Biography

Marc Chagall (born Moishe Shagal; 1887 – 1985) was a Russian-born French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in a wide range of artistic formats, including painting, drawings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints.

 

Born in modern-day Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire, he was of Belarusian Jewish origin. Before World War I, he travelled between Saint Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern Europe and Jewish folk culture. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country's most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1923.

 

Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" (though Chagall saw his work as "not the dream of one people but of all humanity"). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be "the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists''. For decades, he "had also been respected as the world's preeminent Jewish artist". Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the UN and the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opéra.

 

He had two basic reputations, writes Lewis: as a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism's "golden age" in Paris, where "he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism". Yet throughout these phases of his style "he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk." "When Matisse dies," Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, "Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is".