Marc Chagall

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Marc Chagall

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"In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love." -- Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall, French painter, printmaker, and designer, was born Moishe Shagal in Vitebsk, Belarus in July of 1887. One of the most important Jewish artists and an early modernist, he is predominantly known for his unique permutations of elements of Symbolism, Cubism, and Fauvism.

Chagall moved to France in 1910, and by 1912, he was participating in the annual French exhibits in the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d’Automne. 1910-1914 is generally considered to be Chagall’s strongest artistic period and indeed where he developed his style of work. He married his wife Bella in 1915. Raised devoutly Jewish, Chagall later returned to these roots when he visited Palestine in 1931, eventually creating 105 biblical plates using his skills as an engraver.

As a Jew living in Europe during Hitler’s rise to power, Chagall eventually realized he needed to leave. He was rescued by a group of Americans who moved artists and intellectuals to the United States, and he and Bella arrived in New York in 1941. During much of his time in New York, Chagall stayed in the building that is now the Quin hotel. Aside from crafting his own artwork, he was commissioned by the New York Ballet Theatre to design the sets and costumes for the ballet, Aleko. In 1946, the Musem of Modern Art put together a large exhibition, showcasing 40 years of his work. Chagall returned to France in 1948, where he continued to produce paintings, ceramics, sculptures, mosaics, and even some sets for the Paris Opera.

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