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Marc Chagall
A painter of inner and outer worlds

Marc Chagall, The Artists
Portrait of Marc Chagall

“When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color is... His canvases are really painted, not just tossed together. Some of the last things he’s done in Vence convince me that there’s never been anybody since Renoir who has the feeling for light that Chagall has.” - Pablo Picasso

“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.” - Michael J Lewis

Reed Enger, "Marc Chagall, A painter of inner and outer worlds," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 26, 2015; last modified May 21, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/marc-chagall/.

Marc Chagall was a Belarusian artist born on July 6, 1887. Chagall contributed to the Early Modernist movement and died on March 28, 1985.

Bride with Fan, Marc Chagall

Bride with Fan

I and the Village, Marc Chagall

I and the Village

A Water Carrier and a Coachman, Marc Chagall

A Water Carrier and a Coachman

Nude, Marc Chagall


The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk), Marc Chagall

The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk)

Birthday, Marc Chagall


The Poet Reclining, Marc Chagall

The Poet Reclining

Lovers in Pink, Marc Chagall

Lovers in Pink

Purim, Marc Chagall



The town was on fire, the quarter where the poor Jews lived. They carried the bed and the mattress, the mother and the babe at her feet, to a safe place at the other end of town. But, first of all, I was born dead.

My Life - Marc Chagall Autobiography: Chapter 1

Between Darkness and Light, Marc Chagall

Between Darkness and Light

The War, Marc Chagall

The War

The Soul of the City, Marc Chagall

The Soul of the City

Chloe's Judgement, Marc Chagall

Chloe's Judgement

The Meal at Drya's House, Marc Chagall

The Meal at Drya's House

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto, Marc Chagall

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto


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