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Marc Chagall

French, 1887-1985

Described by art critic Robert Hughes as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century," the Russian-French modernist Marc Chagall worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, he developed his own distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art.

Born Moishe Segal in 1887, in Belarus (then part of the Russian empire), Chagall is often celebrated for his figurative paintings, but he also produced stained-glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, in France; for the United Nations, in New York; and for the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as book illustrations, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine-art prints. Characterized by a bold color palette and whimsical imagery, his works are often narrative, depicting small-village scenes and quotidian moments of peasant life, as in his late painting The Flight into Egypt from 1980.

Before World War I, Chagall traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. When the conflict broke out, he returned to Soviet-occupied Belarus, where he founded the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922. He fled to the United States during World War II but in 1947 returned to France, where he spent the rest of his life. His peripatetic career left its mark on his style, which was distinctly international, incorporating elements from each of the cultures he experienced.

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Grand Bouquet Et Fruits Devant La Fenêtre À Paris By Marc Chagall
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Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Le Soleil de l'Atelier, 1971 Lithograph in colors on Arches paper 25-1/2 x 19-3/4 inches (64.8 x 50.2 cm) (sheet) Epreuve d'Artist /Edition of 50 Signed in p...
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Les Fleurs Des Amoureux Sur Fond Multicolore By Marc Chagall
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Marc Chagall - Homage to Marc Chagall - Original Lithograph
By Marc Chagall
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Marc Chagall Original Lithograph 1969 From the revue XXe Siecle, edition of 12,000 Unsigned, as issued Dimensions: 32 x 24 Condition : Excellent Reference: Mourlot 572 Marc Chagall (born in 1887) Marc Chagall was born in Belarus in 1887 and developed an early interest in art. After studying painting, in 1907 he left Russia for Paris, where he lived in an artist colony on the city’s outskirts. Fusing his own personal, dreamlike imagery with hints of the fauvism and cubism popular in France at the time, Chagall created his most lasting work—including I and the Village (1911)—some of which would be featured in the Salon des Indépendants exhibitions. After returning to Vitebsk for a visit in 1914, the outbreak of WWI trapped Chagall in Russia. He returned to France in 1923 but was forced to flee the country and Nazi persecution during WWII. Finding asylum in the U.S., Chagall became involved in set and costume design before returning to France in 1948. In his later years, he experimented with new art forms and was commissioned to produce numerous large-scale works. Chagall died in St.-Paul-de-Vence in 1985. The Village Marc Chagall was born in a small Hassidic community on the outskirts of Vitebsk, Belarus, on July 7, 1887. His father was a fishmonger, and his mother ran a small sundries shop in the village. As a child, Chagall attended the Jewish elementary school, where he studied Hebrew and the Bible, before later attending the Russian public school. He began to learn the fundamentals of drawing during this time, but perhaps more importantly, he absorbed the world around him, storing away the imagery and themes that would feature largely in most of his later work. At age 19 Chagall enrolled at a private, all-Jewish art school and began his formal education in painting, studying briefly with portrait artist Yehuda Pen. However, he left the school after several months, moving to St. Petersburg in 1907 to study at the Imperial Society for the Protection of Fine Arts. The following year, he enrolled at the Svanseva School, studying with set designer Léon Bakst, whose work had been featured in Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. This early experience would prove important to Chagall’s later career as well. Despite this formal instruction, and the widespread popularity of realism in Russia at the time, Chagall was already establishing his own personal style, which featured a more dreamlike unreality and the people, places and imagery that were close to his heart. Some examples from this period are his Window Vitebsk (1908) and My Fianceé with Black Gloves (1909), which pictured Bella Rosenfeld, to whom he had recently become engaged. The Beehive Despite his romance with Bella, in 1911 an allowance from Russian parliament member and art patron Maxim Binaver enabled Chagall to move to Paris, France. After settling briefly in the Montparnasse neighborhood, Chagall moved further afield to an artist colony known as La Ruche (“The Beehive”), where he began to work side by side with abstract painters such as Amedeo Modigliani and Fernand Léger as well as the avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire. At their urging, and under the influence of the wildly popular fauvism and cubism, Chagall lightened his palette and pushed his style ever further from reality. I and the Village (1911) and Homage to Apollinaire (1912) are among his early Parisian works, widely considered to be his most successful and representative period. Though his work stood stylistically apart from his cubist contemporaries, from 1912 to 1914 Chagall exhibited several paintings at the annual Salon des Indépendants exhibition, where works by the likes of Juan Gris, Marcel Duchamp and Robert Delaunay were causing a stir in the Paris art world. Chagall’s popularity began to spread beyond La Ruche, and in May 1914 he traveled to Berlin to help organize his first solo exhibition, at Der Sturm Gallery. Chagall remained in the city until the highly acclaimed show opened that June. He then returned to Vitebsk, unaware of the fateful events to come. War, Peace and Revolution In August 1914 the outbreak of World War I precluded Chagall’s plans to return to Paris. The conflict did little to stem the flow of his creative output, however, instead merely giving him direct access to the childhood scenes so essential to his work, as seen in paintings such as Jew in Green (1914) and Over Vitebsk (1914). His paintings from this period also occasionally featured images of the war’s impact on the region, as with Wounded Soldier (1914) and Marching (1915). But despite the hardships of life during wartime, this would also prove to be a joyful period for Chagall. In July 1915 he married Bella, and she gave birth to a daughter, Ida, the following year. Their appearance in works such as Birthday (1915), Bella and Ida by the Window (1917) and several of his “Lovers” paintings give a glimpse of the island of domestic bliss that was Chagall’s amidst the chaos. To avoid military service and stay with his new family, Chagall took a position as a clerk in the Ministry of War Economy in St. Petersburg. While there he began work on his autobiography and also immersed himself in the local art scene, befriending novelist Boris Pasternak, among others. He also exhibited his work in the city and soon gained considerable recognition. That notoriety would prove important in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution when he was appointed as the Commissar of Fine Arts in Vitebsk. In his new post, Chagall undertook various projects in the region, including the 1919 founding of the Academy of the Arts. Despite these endeavors, differences among his colleagues eventually disillusioned Chagall. In 1920 he relinquished his position and moved his family to Moscow, the post-revolution capital of Russia. In Moscow, Chagall was soon commissioned to create sets and costumes for various productions at the Moscow State Yiddish Theater, where he would paint a series of murals titled Introduction to the Jewish Theater as well. In 1921, Chagall also found work as a teacher at a school for war orphans. By 1922, however, Chagall found that his art had fallen out of favor, and seeking new horizons he left Russia for good. Flight After a brief stay in Berlin, where he unsuccessfully sought to recover the work exhibited at Der Sturm before the war, Chagall moved his family to Paris in September 1923. Shortly after their arrival, he was commissioned by art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard to produce a series of etchings for a new edition of Nikolai Gogol's 1842 novel Dead Souls. Two years later Chagall began work on an illustrated edition of Jean de la Fontaine’s Fables, and in 1930 he created etchings for an illustrated edition of the Old Testament, for which he traveled to Palestine to conduct research. Chagall’s work during this period brought him new success as an artist and enabled him to travel throughout Europe in the 1930s. He also published his autobiography, My Life (1931), and in 1933 received a retrospective at the Kunsthalle in Basel, Switzerland. But at the same time that Chagall’s popularity was spreading, so, too, was the threat of Fascism and Nazism. Singled out during the cultural "cleansing" undertaken by the Nazis in Germany, Chagall’s work was ordered removed from museums throughout the country. Several pieces were subsequently burned, and others were featured in a 1937 exhibition of “degenerate art” held in Munich. Chagall’s angst regarding these troubling events and the persecution of Jews in general can be seen in his 1938 painting White Crucifixion. With the eruption of World War II, Chagall and his family moved to the Loire region before moving farther south to Marseilles following the invasion of France. They found a more certain refuge when, in 1941, Chagall’s name was added by the director of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City to a list of artists and intellectuals deemed most at risk from the Nazis’ anti-Jewish campaign. Chagall and his family would be among the more than 2,000 who received visas and escaped this way. Haunted Harbors Arriving in New York City in June 1941, Chagall discovered that he was already a well-known artist there and, despite a language barrier, soon became a part of the exiled European artist community. The following year he was commissioned by choreographer Léonide Massine to design sets and costumes for the ballet Aleko, based on Alexander Pushkin’s “The Gypsies” and set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. But even as he settled into the safety of his temporary home, Chagall’s thoughts were frequently consumed by the fate befalling the Jews of Europe and the destruction of Russia, as paintings such as The Yellow Crucifixion...
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    Marc Chagall was a painter, illustrator, glass artisan, print maker and set designer who made a lasting impact on modern art. He was born on July 7, 1887, in Liozna, Belarus, and died on March 28, 1985, in Saint Paul de Vence, France. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Marc Chagall art.
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    One of Marc Chagall’s most known works is entitled I and the Village. His style mixes bold colors in both the cubism and fauvism style. Shop a selection of Marc Chagall’s pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
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    To pronounce Marc Chagall, say "Mark Shu-GALL." The artist's real name was Moishe Shagal. Although the artist changed his name, he referenced his heritage in many works by including fish to represent his father who worked as a herring merchant. Shop a variety of Marc Chagall art on 1stDibs.
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    Marc Chagall is famous for his art. He is one of the best known artists of the 20th century.

    Chagall produced magnificent stained-glass windows for structures in France, Israel, Germany and the United States, and his lively paintings of Paris are revered all over the world. The Russian-French modernist worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, Chagall developed his own distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art.

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    Marc Chagall was born on July 7, 1887, in Liozna, Belarus. He was an influential artist who worked in a variety of mediums, including paint, stained glass and illustrations. Chagall died on March 28, 1985, in Saint Paul de Vence, France. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Marc Chagall art.
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    Marc Chagall was born in Liozna, Belarus on July 7, 1887. He went on to become one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, creating works that drew from the movements of Cubism, Surrealism and Fauvism. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Marc Chagall art.
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    Many artists and things inspired Marc Chagall. Historians believe that his Jewish heritage and his hometown of Liozna, Belarus, served as sources of inspiration throughout his life. His work also displays the influence of surrealist, cubist, symbolist and fauve artists. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Marc Chagall art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marc Chagall lived many places over the course of his life. He was born in Liozna, Belarus, on July 7, 1887. When he began working as an artist, he lived and worked in Saint Petersburg, Russia; Paris, France; and Berlin, Germany. During World War II, he relocated to the U.S. and then returned to Paris where he primarily resided until his death in 1985. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Marc Chagall art.
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    Marc Chagall used a variety of materials in his art. The Russian-French modernist worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, Chagall developed his own distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art.

    Chagall produced magnificent stained-glass windows for structures in France, Israel, Germany and the United States. Additionally, his lively paintings of Paris are revered all over the world. Chagall had created etchings of Russian life during the 1920s but would explore printmaking later more deeply, during the 1950s, when he sought guidance from veteran lithographer Charles Sorlier, who became a friend and collaborator.

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    A Marc Chagall painting is likely worth anywhere between $50,000 to $70,000 according to current estimates. Marc Chagall is a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin who is credited to be among the pioneering modernists. Adept in several styles and techniques, Chagall was best-known for creating stain-glass, tapestries and murals apart from paintings. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Marc Chagall paintings.
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    Marc Chagall painted around 10,000 works during the course of his 75-year career. The Russian-French modernist worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, he developed his own distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Marc Chagall art.
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    Yes, Marc Chagall worked in the Expressionist style, but he is associated with a range of modes and was inspired by various styles.

    Chagall's lithographs as well as his other prints and paintings widely influenced the fantastic imagery of Surrealism and other movements of the 20th century. Known for his dreamlike creations inspired by folk art, Chagall drew on the colors and forms introduced by Cubism and Fauvism for a distinctive style all his own.

    Expressionist artists experimented in paintings and prints with skewed perspectives, abstraction and unconventional, bright colors to portray how isolating and anxious the world felt rather than how it appeared. You can certainly detect the trademark bright colors and dramatic, exaggerated brushstrokes of Expressionism reflected in Chagall’s works such as his Vision of Paris and I and the Village.

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    Yes, Marc Chagall used oil paint to produce many of his paintings. He also worked with gouaches and watercolors. Not just a painter, Chagall made stained glass windows, illustrations, prints, ceramics and other types of works throughout his life. Find a collection of Marc Chagall art on 1stDibs.
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    Marc Chagall’s body of work is quite big. Over the course of his 75-year career, Chagall created approximately 10,000 pieces, including prints, paintings, book illustrations, stained glass windows and more.

    The Russian-French modernist worked in nearly every artistic medium, and Chagall’s vibrant and densely colorful prints are known around the world. Characterized by a bold color palette and whimsical imagery, his works are often narrative, depicting small-village scenes and quotidian moments of peasant life, as in his late painting The Flight into Egypt from 1980.

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  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Marc Chagall migrated to the United States. The Jewish artist fled Europe during World War II, moving to New York City in 1941. He settled in France in 1947 and lived there until he died in 1985. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Marc Chagall art.
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    Yes, Marc Chagall personally signed some of his bookplates. Other bookplate illustrations created by the artist bear a reproduction of his signature. Many of the signed versions come from the collections of notable historical figures, including Nicholas II, the last Russian czar. Find signed Marc Chagall lithographs on 1stDibs.

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