(1887 – 1985), Belarus

Marc Chagall Biography

Renowned for his blend of modernism and unique, deeply personal form of expression in his art, Marc Chagall was a prolific Jewish artist born to a highly religious family in Liozna, a small town near Vitebsk, Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire. His vibrant, imaginative works anticipated the dreamy imagery of the Surrealists, and starkly recorded the turmoil and chaos of twentieth century Europe. While Chagall certainly engaged with the various art movements of the early twentieth century, namely Fauvism and Cubism, it is his personal experiences and use of religious and folklore imagery that differentiates him, imbuing and informing all his work. His Jewish roots are a notable element of his style, through both his own understanding and experience with Judaism and the displacement and horror Jews faced over the first half of the twentieth century.

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Colour and fantasy are important aspects of Chagall’s practice, providing the means to push the boundaries of his art. An expressive, explosive use of colour picked up from Fauvism serves to highlight shifts in movement, form and rhythm. Fantastic subject matter laden with mysticism also wove its way in but rather than serving as an escape, Chagall’s imagery served to represent both his inner thoughts and the atmospheres of the world as he experienced it.

This personal self expressive aspect to Chagall’s art is its defining element. He saw his work as a form of self-expression rather than as a part of the various European avant-garde art movements.

Chagall’s many major exhibitions include retrospectives at the Galerie Barbazanges-Hodebert, Paris (1924) and at the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (1933); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1946); the Louvre, Paris (1967); the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1985); the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (2003) and the Luxembourg Museum in Paris (2013). Stained glass window commissions include for the synagogue of the Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem (1962); a ceiling for the Paris Opéra (1964); and a window for the United Nations building, New York (1964).

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Nu sur coq by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Marc Chagall Nu sur coq, 1957 Indian ink and pastel on paper
44.8 x 28.8 cm
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Couple aux deux bouquets by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting
Marc Chagall Couple aux deux bouquets, c. 1984 Tempera and graphite on masonite
35.2 x 27 cm
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Mariage au grand bouquet by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting
Marc Chagall Mariage au grand bouquet, c. 1979 India ink, gouache, pastel and pencil on vellum paper
69.2 x 50.3 cm
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Samson and Delilah (Le Miroir) by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork works on paper
Marc Chagall Samson and Delilah (Le Miroir), c. 1911 Watercolour, pen and ink, and gouache on paper
27 x 20.5 cm
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Le coq au bouquet by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting
Marc Chagall Le coq au bouquet, 1980–81 Oil on canvas
81.5 x 65.3 cm
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Nu vert au village by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Marc Chagall Nu vert au village, 1980 Oil and India ink on canvas
35 x 27 cm
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Animal fabuleux : Fabel-Tier by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Marc Chagall Animal fabuleux : Fabel-Tier, c. 1926–1927 Watercolour, gouache and pastel on paper laid down on cardboard
66 x 51.5 cm
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Sur le divan by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Marc Chagall Sur le divan, 1930-1935 Oil on plywood
36 x 27 cm
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