Marc Chagall (Belarus, 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. Marc Chagall remains one of the past century’s most respected talents.

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Esther et Mardochée

Marc Chagall

Esther et Mardochée
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
India Ink, Pencil
Esther et Mardochée Ink wash, Indian ink and pencil on paper 35.6 x 26.8 cm (14 x 10 ½ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower right Executed 1958-59 This work is accompanied by a phot...
L'Arc en Ciel

Marc Chagall

L'Arc en Ciel
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Ink
Ink wash on paper 38 x 28.4 cm (15 x 11 ⅛ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower left Executed 1955-56 This composition is closely related to the canvas, Noah and the Rainbow, hou...
Assuérus Chasse Vashti

Marc Chagall

Assuérus Chasse Vashti
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
India Ink, Gouache
Assuérus Chasse Vashti Gouache, ink wash and Indian ink on paper 32.9 x 26.7 cm (13 x 10 ½ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower left, Marc Chagall Executed in 1958-59 This work is...
Paysan au violun

Marc Chagall

Paysan au violun
Marc Chagall
1960s Modern Animal Drawings and Watercolors
Lithograph
This piece is an original lithograph by Marc Chagall, created in 1968. Marc Chagall has said that he often uses goat figures in his works because in Judaism the goat is often used as a...
David et Absalon

Marc Chagall

David et Absalon
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Gouache, Indian ink and pencil on paper 35.9 x 25.7 cm (14 ⅛ x 10 ⅛ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower centre left Executed 1955-56 This was a preliminary work for a lithograph for...
Elie Enlevé au Ciel

Marc Chagall

Elie Enlevé au Ciel
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
India Ink
Indian ink and pencil on paper 38.1 x 28.1 cm (15 x 11 inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower right Executed 1955-56 This was a preliminary work for a lithograph for the 1956 Verve Bib...
Jonas

Marc Chagall

Jonas
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
India Ink
Indian ink on paper 35.6 x 26.9 cm (14 x 10 ⅝ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower left Executed 1958-59 This was a preliminary work for Plate 85, for the 1960 Verve Bible publi...
Rebecca Fait Bénir Jacob par Isaac
Rebecca Fait Bénir Jacob par Isaac
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Crayon
Conté crayon on paper 31.4 x 24.3 cm (12 ⅜ x 9 ⅝ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower right Executed 1958-59 This was a preliminary work for Plate 20, for the 1960 Verve Bible public...
Le Roi Balthasar Regarde la Main qui Écrit
Le Roi Balthasar Regarde la Main qui Écrit
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Ink wash, pastel, Indian ink and pencil on paper 35.7 x 26.9 cm (14 ¾ x 10 ⅝ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower right Executed 1958-59 This was a preliminary work for Plate 74, for...
David à la Harpe

Marc Chagall

David à la Harpe
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Gouache on paper 39.8 x 59.5 cm (13 ⅞ x 10 ½ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower left Executed 1955-56 This was a preliminary work for the front cover project lithograph for the 195...
Retour de David Vainqueur de Goliath

Marc Chagall

Retour de David Vainqueur de Goliath
Marc Chagall
Mid-20th Century Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Black pencil, pastel and gouache on paper 35.2 x 26.6 cm (13 ⅞ x 10 ½ inches) Signed with Estate stamp lower left Executed 1958-59 This was a preliminary work for Plate 47, for the 196...
En Souvenir

Marc Chagall

En Souvenir
Marc Chagall
1970s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Crayon, Ink
This piece is a unique original crayon and ink drawing by Marc Chagall, done in 1976. The drawing is on a double page featuring an image of the artist and the title page of "Chagall" b...
Moses and the Tables of the Law - Signed ink and c...
Marc Chagall
1960s Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Charcoal, India Ink
Marc CHAGALL Moses and the Tables of the Law Original drawing in ink and charcoal Signed at the bottom, with dedication. Size 32.5 x 24 cm In the first pages of “Jerusalem Windows”, A ...
Le Peintre Rouge aux Cheveux Bleus
Le Peintre Rouge aux Cheveux Bleus
Marc Chagall
1950s Expressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors
Pastel, Ink
The artist at his easel, is a theme Marc Chagall revisted throughout his long career. Perhaps the strength that an enabled an artist who experimented with the styles of all the avant-g...