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Marc Zakharovich Chagall (/ʃəˈɡɑːl/ shə-GAHL; born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal; 6 July [O.S. 24 June] 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic format, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.

Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century” (though Chagall saw his work as “not the dream of one people but of all humanity”). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be “the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists”. For decades, he “had also been respected as the world’s preeminent Jewish artist”. Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the UN, and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opéra.

Before World War I, he traveled between Saint Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country’s most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922.

He had two basic reputations, writes Lewis: as a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism’s “golden age” in Paris, where “he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism”. Yet throughout these phases of his style “he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk.” “When Matisse dies,” Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is”.

Marc Chagall was born Moishe Segal in a Lithuanian Jewish Hassidic family in Liozna, near the city of Vitebsk (Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire) in 1887. At the time of his birth, Vitebsk’s population was about 66,000, with half the population being Jewish. A picturesque city of churches and synagogues, it was called “Russian Toledo”, after a cosmopolitan city of the former Spanish Empire. As the city was built mostly of wood, little of it survived years of occupation and destruction during World War II.

Chagall was the eldest of nine children. The family name, Shagal, is a variant of the name Segal, which in a Jewish community was usually borne by a Levitic family. His father, Khatskl (Zachar) Shagal, was employed by a herring merchant, and his mother, Feige-Ite, sold groceries from their home. His father worked hard, carrying heavy barrels but earning only 20 roubles each month (the average wages across the Russian Empire being 13 roubles a month). Chagall would later include fish motifs “out of respect for his father”, writes Chagall biographer, Jacob Baal-Teshuva. Chagall wrote of these early years:

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Tribunes, Paintings image

Paintings, 19.7 W x 25.6 H x 0.4 in
$1 000
Prints from $40
Ride Along, Paintings image

Paintings, 48 W x 36 H x 1.4 in
Switzerland
$2 620
Asleep in perfect Blue Buildings, Paintings image

Paintings, 22.8 W x 22.8 H x 1 in
South Africa
$450
Essence of the Bouquet, Paintings image

Paintings, 24 W x 36 H x 2 in
United States
$855
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All that remains is Love. Oil and Acrylic painting., Paintings image

Paintings, 12 W x 10 H x 0.2 in
United Kingdom
$2 010
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Bella Musa, Paintings image

Paintings, 13 W x 19.1 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$505
KTv, Paintings image

Paintings, 19.7 W x 25.6 H x 0.4 in
$1 000
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Pop art portrait Marc Chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 47.2 W x 31.5 H x 1.6 in
France
$2 175
Subconscious Evolution Ecosystem Theorem, Paintings image

Paintings, 5 W x 7 H x 0.8 in
United States
$275
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Portrait: Marc Chagall (1887-1985), Paintings image

Paintings, 11 W x 17 H x 2 in
$1 110
Spirit Horse, Paintings image

Paintings, 61 W x 49 H x 2 in
United States
$1 770
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Gray Wolf, Woman and the Ring of Fire, Paintings image

Paintings, 24 W x 48 H x 1.5 in
United States
$1 488
Chagall November Rain, Paintings image

Paintings, 9.8 W x 13.8 H x 0.8 in
$5 410
The Very Long Journey Of The Three Penguins, Paintings image

Paintings, 70.9 W x 47.2 H x 2 in
Germany
$31 000
«The cow and the umbrella», Paintings image

Paintings, 45.2 W x 35.3 H x 1.6 in
$2 845
Fantasien along chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 6.1 W x 7.5 H x 0.1 in
$150
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The circus, Paintings image

Paintings, 27.6 W x 35.4 H x 0.8 in
Belgium
$1 000
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Autumn, Paintings image

Paintings, 19.7 W x 25.6 H x 0.4 in
$970
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The ways of magic spells, Paintings image

Paintings, 48 W x 40.2 H x 2 in
$6 100
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The White Horse, Paintings image

Paintings, 29.9 W x 24 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$4 195
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Street Band. She, Paintings image

Paintings, 11.8 W x 15.7 H x 0 in
Poland
$445
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Bonnard Interior Chagall Table, Paintings image

Paintings, 20 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
United States
$800
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Gallery Forest Wonder, Paintings image

Paintings, 30.3 W x 38.6 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$1 400
Marc Chagall., Paintings image

Paintings, 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0.8 in
$4 710
Marc Chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 27.6 W x 39.4 H x 2 in
Latvia
$3 875
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Horse riding in a sunny day ! ( Inspired by Marc Chagall), Paintings image

United States
$1 030
Marc Chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 12 W x 12 H x 0.8 in
United States
$745
The Wait, Paintings image

Paintings, 19.7 W x 25.6 H x 0.4 in
$970
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Old doors of the houses of the village, Paintings image

Paintings, 20.1 W x 29.9 H x 0.4 in
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The Bird 3 (after Marc Chagall), Paintings image

Paintings, 11 W x 14 H x 0.6 in
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United States
$189
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Angel, Inspired by Chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 16 W x 20 H x 1 in
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United States
$1 580
Prints from $80
Goodbye Little Prince, Paintings image

Paintings, 18 W x 18 H x 1 in
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United States
$1 000
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Peacock 4 (after Marc Chagall), Paintings image

Paintings, 11 W x 14 H x 0.6 in
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United States
$189
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A Good Pair 3, Paintings image

Paintings, 11 W x 14 H x 0.6 in
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United States
$200
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Ship in port, Paintings image

Paintings, 29.9 W x 20.1 H x 0.4 in
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The Bird (after Marc Chagall), Paintings image

Paintings, 11 W x 14 H x 0.6 in
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United States
$200
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Umbrellas hanging outside the front door, Paintings image

Paintings, 20.1 W x 29.9 H x 0.4 in
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The Bird 2 (after Marc Chagall), Paintings image

Paintings, 11 W x 14 H x 0.6 in
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United States
$189
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Flowery staircase, Paintings image

Paintings, 20.1 W x 29.9 H x 0.4 in
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Homage to Marc Chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 31.9 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
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Austria
$2 310
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The Village, I and Marc Chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 36 W x 36 H x 2 in
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Over The Town, Paintings image

Paintings, 8 W x 8 H x 1 in
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Netherlands
$180
Summer landscape. For Marc Chagall., Paintings image

Paintings, 28 W x 22 H x 1 in
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United States
$445
Gypsy wedding, Paintings image

Paintings, 39.4 W x 59.1 H x 0.8 in
Fanta- Sea, Paintings image

Paintings, 38 W x 50 H x 2 in
United States
MERMAIDS, Paintings image

Paintings, 24 W x 32 H x 0.4 in
United Kingdom
Flying Overseas!, Paintings image

Paintings, 80 W x 80 H x 1 in
United Kingdom
Marc Chagall, Paintings image

Paintings, 30 W x 40 H x 1 in
United States
Seascape for Marc Chagall., Paintings image

Paintings, 50 W x 62 H x 1 in
United States
Abstract in green,the Garden Of Eden.For Marc Chagall., Paintings image

United States
Flowers for Marc Chagall., Paintings image

Paintings, 64 W x 50 H x 1 in
United States
Nude woman in outer space. For Marc Chagall., Paintings image

Paintings, 64 W x 50 H x 1.2 in
United States
Ocean of Sounds (Marc Chagall), Paintings image

Paintings, 23.6 W x 16.5 H x 0 in
Hong Kong
The lost valley from my dreams, where new ideas are born, Paintings image

Paintings, 47.2 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
United States
Chagall worked in many radical modernist styles at various points throughout his career, including Cubism, Suprematism and Surrealism, all of which possibly encouraged him to work in an entirely abstract style. Yet he rejected each of them in succession, remaining committed to figurative and narrative art, making him one of the modern period’s most prominent exponents of the more traditional approach.
Chagall’s Jewish identity was important to him throughout his life, and much of his work can be described as an attempt to reconcile old Jewish traditions with styles of modernist art. However, he also occasionally drew on Christian themes, which appealed to his taste for narrative and allegory.
In the 1920s, Chagall was claimed as a kindred spirit by the emerging Surrealists, and although he borrowed from them, he ultimately rejected their more conceptual subject matter. Nevertheless, dream-like quality is characteristic of almost all of Chagall’s work; as the poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire once said, Chagall’s work is “supernatural.”

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