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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 September 08, 2022, 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 1911

I and the Village, Marc Chagall

I and the Village 1911

A Water Carrier and a Coachman, Marc Chagall

A Water Carrier and a Coachman 1912

Nude, Marc Chagall

Nude 1913

The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk), Marc Chagall

The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk) 1914

Birthday, Marc Chagall

Birthday 1915

The Poet Reclining, Marc Chagall

The Poet Reclining 1915

Lovers in Pink, Marc Chagall

Lovers in Pink 1916

Purim, Marc Chagall

Purim 1916 – 1917

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 1922

Between Darkness and Light, Marc Chagall

Between Darkness and Light 1838 – 1943

The War, Marc Chagall

The War 1943

The Soul of the City, Marc Chagall

The Soul of the City 1945

Chloe's Judgement, Marc Chagall

Chloe's Judgement 1961

The Meal at Drya's House, Marc Chagall

The Meal at Drya's House 1961

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto, Marc Chagall

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto 1961

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