Marc Chagall [1887 – 1985]

Self Portrait
Russian-French painter, lithographer, etcher and designer.

Marc Chagall

was born,
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.
(From Wikipedia)

So here’s a glimpse of his work & words
Autumn in the Village

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”

To My Betrothed
Le saint voiturier (The Holy Coachman)

“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.”

A la Russie, aux ânes et aux autres (To Russia, Asses and Others)
Bridges over the Seine

“Love and fantasy, go hand in hand.”

Cow with Parasol

“Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.”

Hommage à Apollinaire, or Adam et Ève (study)
I and the village

“I had only to open my bedroom window, and blue air, love, and flowers entered with her.”

Le Marchand de bestiaux (The Drover, The Cattle Dealer)
Listening to the Cock

“All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”

Lovers in the Lilacs

“In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.”

Paris par la fenêtre (Paris Through the Window)
Still-life (Nature morte)

“What a genius, that Picasso. It is a pity he doesn’t paint.”

The concert

“Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else.”

The Drunkard (Le saoul)
The Falling Angel

“I have always painted pictures where human love floods my colors.”

The Fiddler, an inspiration for the musical Fiddler on the Roof

“Mine alone is the country of my soul.”

The gates of the cemetery
The promenade [Bella & Chagall]

“I am a child who is getting on.”

The three candles

“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.”

Self Portraits

Stained glass-Mosaics


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]

O Polichinelo

performed by

Arthur Rubinstein [1887-1982]

For more information on Chagall:


Be Safe 🏡

82 replies »

  1. The artists pass on. Their art becomes priceless treasure.
    One thought.
    It was neat to visit his work, again!

  2. 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

  3. 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 💚🙏💚

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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]

      • 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! 🙂

  6. 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!!
    Much love!

  7. 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… 🙂

    Amazing assortment.

    • 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! 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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! ❤️🤗🥰🌸🌹🌺🌼💕💞

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