Marc Chagall

“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.”

Belarusian-French Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is known for creating works based on emotion and his life experience. Born in a small town in Belarus, he attended the Jewish elementary school, where he began learning the fundamentals of drawing. At 19, he enrolled at an all-Jewish art school and formally began his art education, later transferring to the Imperial Society for the Protection of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. (Read More)

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Chagall established his own style which is characterized by the dreamlike visions, people, and places that were symbolic to him. By 1910, he moved to Paris where he encountered artists Robert Delaunay, Juan Gris, and the movements of Fauvism and Cubism. During his time in Paris, he created some of the most important artworks of his entire career. 

In the 1960s Chagall avidly traveled around the world, often in association with large-scale commissions he received. Among these were windows for the synagogue of the Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel (installed in 1962); a ceiling for the Paris Opéra (installed in 1964), Paris, France; a window for the United Nations building, New York (installed in 1964); murals for the Metropolitan Opera House, New York (installed in 1967); and windows for the cathedral in Metz, France (installed in 1968).

Among his many accomplishments include, being awarded the Grand Medal of the Legion of Honor in 1977, known as France’s highest distinction. That very same year, he was one of only a handful of artists in history to be selected to receive a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre. He passed away on March 28, 1985, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence at age 97, leaving behind an extensive collection of artworks along with a lush legacy as an exemplary Jewish artist and pioneer of modernism.


Important Exhibitions

2022-2023    Chagall, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

2018    Chagall: The Breakthrough Years, 1911-1919, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

2015    Chagall, Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

2013-2014    Chagall: Love, War, And Exile, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

2013    Chagall: Modern Master, Tate, Liverpool, England

2013    Chagall: Beyond Color, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, USA

2012    Marc Chagall: livre d’artiste, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russa

1985    Chagall, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England

1967    Le Message Biblique de Marc Chagall, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

1946    Marc Chagall, MoMA, New York, USA


Important Group Exhibitions

2021    Icons of Modern Art, The Morozov Collection, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2018-2019    Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

2015    Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado, USA

2015    Defining Modernism, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, USA

2011-2012    Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada



1948    24th Venice Biennale, Italy