(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).

Marc Chagall Featured Artworks

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Nu aux pommes by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Marc Chagall Nu aux pommes, 1911 India ink and watercolor on paper
20.2 x 29.1 cm
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Coq rouge sur l'arbre bleu by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork sculpture
Marc Chagall Coq rouge sur l'arbre bleu, 1959 Painted porcelain
26 x 26 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
13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches
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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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Le peintre à la Tour Eiffel by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting
Marc Chagall Le peintre à la Tour Eiffel, 1965–1970 Oil on masonite
33 x 24 cm
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Couple Allongé au Grand Bouquet by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Marc Chagall Couple Allongé au Grand Bouquet, c. 1978 Gouache, tempera, pastel and Chinese ink on paper
76.1 x 56.9 cm
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Fête au Village by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Marc Chagall Fête au Village, 1969 Gouache and crayon on Japan paper
56.7 x 76.8 cm
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Coq rouge sur l'arbre bleu by Marc Chagall contemporary artwork sculpture
Marc Chagall Coq rouge sur l'arbre bleu, 1959 Colour enamels on white porcelain (Nymphenburg)
26 x 26 cm
Bailly Gallery Contact Gallery

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