Russian-French painter, lithographer, etcher and designer.
July 7, 1887,
in Vitebsk, Russia*
* He was born in a Lithuanian Jewish Hassidic family in Liozna, near the city of Vitebsk (Belarus, during that time was part of the Russian Empire)
An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in a wide range of artistic formats, including painting, drawings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic tapestries and fine art prints.
Before World War I, he travelled between Saint Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. In Paris, he associated with Guillaume Apollinaire and Robert Delaunay and encountered Fauvism and Cubism. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country’s most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1923.
Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the UN and the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opéra.
So here’s a glimpse of his work & words
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”
“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist palette which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”
“Love and fantasy, go hand in hand.”
“Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.”
“I had only to open my bedroom window, and blue air, love, and flowers entered with her.”
“All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”
“In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.”
“What a genius, that Picasso. It is a pity he doesn’t paint.”
“Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else.”
“I have always painted pictures where human love floods my colors.”
“Mine alone is the country of my soul.”
“I am a child who is getting on.”
“You could wonder for hours what flowers mean, but for me, they’re life itself, in all its happy brilliance. We couldn’t do with out flowers. Flowers help you forget life’s tragedies.”
“Her silence is mine.”
The music I’ve chosen is from a composer who was born same year as Chagall, performed by a great pianist who was also born same year!
Heitor Villa-Lobos [1887 – 1959]
Arthur Rubinstein [1887-1982]
For more information on Chagall:
The artists pass on. Their art becomes priceless treasure.
It was neat to visit his work, again!
Yes it does!!!
So happy you revisited, dahling!
These are fab posts. xoxxoxoxxoxo
These are fascinating, intriguing, mysterious, and the list goes on. I think each piece deserves some time to ponder and absorb. Wonderful artist, Marina! Love and hugs, dear friend. xoxoxo
You’re very right! Every time I look at them I notice something new!
Love and hugs to you, my dear friend! ❤😘🤗
These images are absoluting fascinating, so many worlds to lose oneself in!
So true!!!!!!! Well said, my dear Liz!
Thank you, Marina!
Loved it last year. Love it this year.
The piano piece is sooooo cool!!!
Ah, so happy to hear, dahling and it was also the composer’s bday (H. Villa-Lobos) yesterday, with Chagall’s!
Mouah!!!!!! dahling! xoxoxoxoxo
And what a treat to see the magnificent Rubinstein. These tributes are beautifully done, my friend.
Oh I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. Seeing that crafty little (huge!) man introducing Polichinelo made me laugh!
He definitely had swagger.
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Thank you for the reblog! :-)🙏
You’re so welcome ❤
Thank you for this wonderful collection. He is one of my favorites!! Enjoy your weekend xo
Brilliant painter… You too, my dear Mary Jo! ❤🤗
woa. Between dark, mysterious and magic. Full of seemingly codes and hints full of stories kinds!
Exactly so and the more you look, the more you discover. Such a brilliant artist!
absolutely 🙂 and thank you for bringing him to our light.
My pleasure! And thank you for taking the journey with me!
Pleasure is mine as much Marina, regards and thanks.
A great artist of his genre! I like his art quite a bit.
He was indeed! Glad you enjoyed, my friend! 🙂
Definitely vibrant and modernist. Oddly, I like some but not all.
I think that is normal, not odd! 😉 Happy Hump Day, Frank! Yamas!
Oh wow… While I had seen a few of these paintings before.. I had not seen many of them Marina.. I could spend an age in a gallery, standing back devouring their content.. SO, much within them all… And each speaking to me also. As you get inside the mind of the painter… or at least try to 😀
Loved you sharing his work….. Thank YOU dearest Friend… Enjoy the rest of your week 😀 ❤
Much love your way 💚🙏💚
It’s an enchanting journey diving into the work of an artist and this one in particular is magical! Love and hugs your way too! ❤🤗❤🤗❤
So enjoyed 💚🙏💙
Very interesting. Btw, many scenes in Roman Polanski’s 1967 movie, Fearless Vampire Killers (Dance of the Vampires) portray traces from works of this great Russian-Jewish artist.
You are right! Thank you for mentioning it! Have a lovely Wednesday, Jo!
Spent years living in Vence and Grasse, a next door neighbour, so to speak, visiting Fondation Maeght, a world famous museum in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. where lives a lot of his work as a result of Aimé Maeght meeting Marc Chagall in October 1947 Chagal at the opening of his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art of the City … For me a constant treat with every visit.
Oh, how fortunate, my friend! A constant treat indeed!!!!!! 🙂🙂
Actually, Vitebsk is not in Russia. It is in Belarus. 🙂
You are right, however it was, back then. More precisely he was born in Liozna, near the city of Vitebsk (Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire). [source: wikipedia]
I’ve added a note to clarify it.
Sorry for my note and thank you for your efforts. Actually, Marina, for most of the people Belarus is unknown country and they associate it with Russia. My note was just for you, but when I realized you know about that, I was sorry.
Have a nice day! 🙂
I know what you mean. When I was studying in England I had people ask where Greece is! You were right and it needed to be clarified, so I added that explanation. Thank you. You too! 🙂
Thank you, Marina – a brilliant artist, who gave us a deeper understanding of the world in which we live!
Oh, you are so right, Rebecca!
Thank YOU, my dear friend for taking this journey with me!
Brilliant post, Marina! I adore the Self Portrait at the top.
Just another artist who painted while he slept.
I’m loving this Artists Series you’ve been doing! You are teaching me a lot, and giving me some great ideas (for Art Gowns drawings.. LOL)
The music went perfect with this artists work. It’s interesting to wonder how he would have painted Hera!!
IKR and it’s his first self portrait too!
While he slept, yes!!!
I’m also learning and revisiting an artist’s work never seizes to be revelating!
Hera huh? He must have loved animals so much… ‘solitude’ is one of my favorites… the eyes and posture of the goat are just so moving!
xoxoxoxoxoxo Yes, Hera! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Well, really enjoying your posts on artists!
I met a young RC nun from Belarus who was touring in Canada thanks to the Boyzz at RCC. Such stunning beauty I had never beheld b4. So Chagall was from Belarus too. I can see that now, although did not know. Always assumed he was merely French! Do you say they are part Russian if the place they were born is no longer Russian? I guess… 🙂
Wikipedia does, but it specifies [something that I added so that it clarifies it] that at the time he was born, it was part of the Russian Empire.
Thank you, my dear friend! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
I love Chagall’s work. I have a fantasy that my artist ancestor, Abraham Hankins knew him. 😀 Both were born in what is now Belarus and were in Paris, but Hankins ended up in Philadelphia.
That’s a lovely fantasy! On Philly… minor detail! 😉 A bit of an understatement but I also love his work! 🙂 xo
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Marc Chagall on display at Marina Kanavaki… stunning art and wonderful narrative.
Awwww…. thank you!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
My pleasure, I love this beautiful post, your choice of art and music and your text on the background of Chagall! xoxoxo xoxoxo
Oh, Holly, you are so sweet and kind…. huge hugs your way… ❤🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤
To me, he is at his most pure in stained glass.
They are absolutely beautiful aren’t they?!!!!
So excellent Marina. One of my favorite artists, beautiful paintings and narrative. I wanted to share this but couldn’t, congratulations on a beautiful article! ❤️🤗🥰🌸🌹🌺🌼💕💞
Ah, thank you so much, Holly! Mine too! I’ll check my sharing settings… thank you for letting me know!!!! 🥰❤🥰❤🥰❤🥰
Thank you Marina, this is so beautifully displayed and scripted. 🥰❤🥰
…more and more hugs your way 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗