Marc Chagall Art Prints-Posters-Pictures-Biography
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Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985), Chagall was born in Vitebsk, Byelorussia to a poor Hassidic family. The eldest of nine children, he studied first in a heder before moving to a secular Russian school, where he began to display his artistic talent. With his mother's support, and despite his father's disapproval, Chagall pursued his interest in art, going to St. Petersburg in 1907 to study art with Leon Bakst. Influenced by contemporary Russian painting, Chagall's distinctive, child-like style, often centering on images from his childhood, began to emerge. From 1910 to 1914, Chagall lived in Paris, and there absorbed the works of the leading cubist, surrealist, and fauvist painters. It was during this period that Chagall painted some of his most famous paintings of the Jewish shtetl or village, and developed the features that became recognizable trademarks of his art. Strong and often bright colors portray the world with a dreamlike, non-realistic simplicity, and the fusion of fantasy, religion, and nostalgia infuses his work with a joyous quality. Animals, workmen, lovers, and musicians populate his figures; the "fiddler on the roof" recurs frequently, often hovering within another scene. Chagall's work of this period displays the influence of contemporary French painting, but his style remains independent of any one school of art. He exhibited regularly in the Salon des Independants. In 1914, before the outbreak of World War I, Chagall held a one-man show in Berlin, exhibiting work dominated by Jewish images and personages. During the war, he resided in Russia, and in 1917, endorsing the revolution, he was appointed Commissar for Fine Arts in Vitebsk and then director of the newly established Free Academy of Art. The Bolshevik authorities, however, frowned upon Chagall's style of art as too modern, and in 1922, Chagall left Russia, settling in France one year later. He lived there permanently except for the years 1941 - 1948 when, fleeing France during World War II, he resided in the United States. Chagall's horror over the Nazi rise to power is expressed in works depicting Jewish martyrs and Jewish refugees. In addition to images of the Hassidic world, Chagall's paintings are inspired by themes from the Bible. His fascination with the Bible culminated in a series of over 100 etchings illustrating the Bible, many of which incorporate elements from Jewish folklore and from religious life in Vitebsk. Chagall's other illustrations include works by Gogol, La Fontaine, Y. L. Peretz, and his autobiographical Ma Vie (1931; My Life 1960) and Chagall by Chagall (1979). Chagall painted with a variety of media, such as oils, water colors, and gouaches. His work also expanded to other forms of art, including ceramics, mosaics, and stained glass. Among his most famous building decorations are the ceiling of the Opera House in Paris, murals at the New York Metropolitan Opera, a glass window at the United Nations, and decorations at the Vatican. Israel, which Chagall first visited in 1931 for the opening of the Tel Aviv Art Museum, is likewise endowed with some of Chagall's work, most notably the twelve stained glass windows at Hadassah Hospital and wall decorations at the Knesset. Chagall received many prizes and much recognition for his work. He was also one of very few artists to exhibit work at the Louvre in their lifetime.
 

La Mariee
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Armoureaux de Vence
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Autumn in the Village
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I and the Village, 1911
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The Blue Violinist
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Chagall Mozart Die Zauberflote
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Birthday
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Lovers in Moonlight
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Couple in Window
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Paris Opera Ceiling
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Three Candles
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Les Fiances de la Tour Eiffel
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I and My Village
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Le Paradis
Le Paradis
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The three candles
The three candles
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David et Bethsabee
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Violoniste Bleu
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Rain
Rain
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Three Candles
Three Candles
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Concert
Concert
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I and the village
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Lover in the moonlight
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Metropolitan Opera/Opening September 1966
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Le Cirque Bleu
Le Cirque Bleu
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View of Paris
View of Paris
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Lovers & Flowers
Lovers & Flowers
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Joie
Joie
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Flowers and Bird
Flowers and Bird
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Zauberflote
Zauberflote
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Au Dessus De La Ville
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The Champ De Mars
The Champ De Mars
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Bouquet Of Flowers
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Cows over Witebsk, 1966
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Blue Donkey
Blue Donkey
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Les Fiances de la Tour Eiffel
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War
War
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Chambon-Sur-Lac
Chambon-Sur-Lac
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Amoureux Au Bouquet
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Chagall Nice Soleil Fleurs
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Chagall Mozart Die Zauberflote
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Metropolitan Opera Opening
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Jardins de St.Paul, 1973
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Au Dessus De La Ville
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Couple of Lovers on a Red Background
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Nice, Soleil, Fleurs
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Violoniste
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Bouquet de Fleurs
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Nature morte aux fleurs
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The concert
The concert
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Claire de lune
Claire de lune
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Bridge over the Seine
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Bride & Groom
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Le bouquet ardent
Le bouquet ardent
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Blumenstilleben St.Jean Cap Ferrat 1956
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Couple of lovers on a red background
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Couple au dessus de St. Paul
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The White Window
The White Window
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Untitled
Untitled
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Flowers
Flowers
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On The Roof Of Paris
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The Yellow Bouquet
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Nice Sun Flowers
Nice Sun Flowers
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L'opera-Bleu
L'opera-Bleu
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Noah and the Rainbow
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Acrobat
Acrobat
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View of Paris
View of Paris
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Autoportrait
Autoportrait
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Vie 1964
Vie 1964
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L'arbre De Vie
L'arbre De Vie
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Violoniste
Violoniste
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Bay of Angels
Bay of Angels
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Aragon Malraux-1977
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Fleurs Sechees,1975
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Gouaches Et Lavis, 1977
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Jardins de St.Paul, 1973
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Amoureux Au Bouquet
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Bridges Over the Seine
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Peintre Et Son Double
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Amoureux Au Soleil Rouge, 1952
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Vie 1964
Vie 1964
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Rural Life
Rural Life
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Jongleur, 1984
Jongleur, 1984
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I and the Village
I and the Village
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Autoportrait,1965
Autoportrait,1965
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L'arbre De Vie 1948
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Birthday
Birthday
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Flowers and Lovers
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Bouquet De Fleurs
Bouquet De Fleurs
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Lovers
Lovers
Chagall, Marc
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Amoureux De Vence
Amoureux De Vence
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Betrothed
Betrothed
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Sur La Route Du Village
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Soucis
Soucis
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Bouquet with Lovers
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Cog Avec Le Bouquet Jaune
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Wedding (Ed. 2000)
Wedding (Ed....
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Lovers Over Paris (Ed. 2000)
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Lupins Bleus (Ed. 2000)
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Dimanche (LE)
Dimanche (LE)
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Litho III
Litho III
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