Marc Chagall (July 6, 1887 – March 28, 1985) 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.


David and Bathsheba, from Bible set


Creation Date: 1956

The Junggler


Location: private collection
Creation Date: 1943

Cow with Parasol


Creation Date: 1946

Blue Violinist


Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 10.6 x 15.0 in

Self Portrait


Creation Date: 1914

The Violinist


Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Stedelijk Museum
Creation Date: 1912-1913

Half Past Three (The Poet)


Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 195 x 144 cm
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art

White Crucifixion


Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 154.6 x 140 cm (60 7/8 x 1/16 in

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