Marc Chagall A P ersonal J ourney in Art. (1887 – 1985) Painter, Stained Glass Artist , Muralist. Early Life. Marc Chagall was born as Moishe Shagal , near Vitebsk, in Belarus (Russia) in 1887. He was the oldest of nine children in an orthodox J ewish family.
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(1887 – 1985)
Painter, Stained Glass Artist, Muralist
Jewish people were discriminated against, and were not allowed to attend regular schools or universities.
Bella with white collar (1917)
Beginning in 1937, Adolf Hitler came to power in Berlin and started confiscating works of modern art from German museums.
Midsummer Night’s Dream (1939)
Wheatfield on a Summers Afternoon(1942)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/82484.html
While he was in America, he learned that the Germans had destroyed his beloved Vitebsk in Russia.
Three Candles (1938-40)
La Mariee (1950)
Paris Opera House ceiling (1963)
Chagall is famous for his work in stained glass. Colored glass was appealing to him because of his love of intense colors.
“Peace” created for the United Nations (1964)
Chagall also liked to create huge mosaic murals. In 1974, he created “the Four Seasons”, a gift to the city of Chicago.
The Four Seasons (west)
The mural is 70 feet long and 14 feet high. You can see it today if you visit First National Plaza at Dearborn and Monroe Streets in Chicago.
His was a personal journey through art that depicted his cultural identity and images of Jewish life in Russia, even though his town and nearly all the people were destroyed.