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Marc Chagall

"Holding a copper plate or a stone for lithographs I felt in possession of a Talisman."


Notes of biography

Marc Chagall is born in 1887 to Vitebsk (Russia), elder of a Jewish family of 9 children. At the end of his secondary studies (1906), he went to the Jehuda Pen‘s Atelier for 2 months. Next year, he went to the Zvanseva School, then the Leon Bakst atelier in St Petersbourg.
In 1910, he got a working scholarship from a patron which allowed him to join Paris. In 1911, he settled down in La Ruche, worked a lot, met Guillaume Apollinaire, André Salmon, Max Jacob, and Blaise Cendrars with who he had his first exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants. In 1914, his first personal exhibition is organized in Berlin with La Galerie der Sturm.
He came back in Russia at first for few months, stayed finally several years, got married there, had a first child. In 1917 the revolution is here, he became president of the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Vitebsk and shared the Education thought by Pougny, El Lissitzky, and Malevitch. In 1920, after he got angry with the Malevitch theory and his followers, he left and settled down in Moscow. The next year he started writing his autobiography “My Life” and created his first etchings to illustrate his book in 1922. A year after, he went back to Paris, met Vollard who will order him a lot of work. Since that time, his life is marked out by new meetings: Tériade, Maillol, Rouault, Vlaminck, and Bonnard. In 1926, he made his first exhibition in the United States. In 1927, Bernheim-Jeune became his seller. In 1930, Vollard ordered him a work on The Bible, which will be finished only in 1956.
The 30s is marked by numerous journeys, by the ascent of the anti-Semitism which he felt in Poland, by the French nationality he got in 1937, year when his paintings are taken down of walls in the German museums! The family took refuge in the Saint-Dié / Loire, and then settled down to Gordes in 1940. The next year, the artist left for the United States and accepted Pierre Matisse as his new seller. He came back to Paris in 1946, still full of his sorrow to have lost Bella, his wife (1944). After the MOMA organized him a retrospective, there was a series of exhibitions dedicated to him through Europe in 1947 (Paris, Amsterdam, Bern, and Zurich). He settled down at first to Orgeval, will stay for a long time at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, then lived in 1950, in Vence where he had a new seller: Aimé Maeght. Chagall learnt about the ceramic, realized murals paintings and his first sculptures.
During the next 35 years he produced a huge work (paintings, frescoes, decorations, etchings, mosaics, stained glasses, etc.) and received so many compliments and was respected as one of the most important artist of the XX ° century.
The museum Message Biblique is inaugurated in Nice, in 1973.
Chagall died in Saint-Paul-de-Vence on March 28th, 1988.

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The art and the artists display: proclamations, galleries, museums, personal or collective exhibitions. On walls or in shop windows, wise or rebels, posters warn, argue, show. Some were specially conceived by an artist for such or such event, other, colder, have only the letter.

Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

We are happy also to be able to greet, by this pages, mythical galleries as those of Denise René, Louis Carré, Claude Bernard, Berheim Jeune, Maeght, Pierre Loeb and others.


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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Chagall, l’oeuvre gravé », Bibliothèque Nationale, 1970
  • « Marc Chagall », W. Haftmann, Cercle d’Art, 1975
  • « Chagall », F. Le Targat, Albin Michel, 1985
  • « Marc Chagall », F. Meyer, Flammarion, 1995
  • « Message biblique - Marc Chagall », collectif, Ed. R.M.N., Paris, 2000
  • « Chagall, de la palette au métier », Olivier Le Bihan, Ed. Snoeck, 2014
  • « Chagall et la musique », Ambre Gauthier et autres, ed. Gallimard, Paris, 2015
  • « De la poésie à la peinture », J.-L. Prat, Ed. Fonds H. et E. Leclerc, 2016
  • « Les vitraux de Chagall », collectif, ed. Citadelles & Mazenod, 2016
  • « Chagall sculptures », collectif, Ed. R.M.N., Paris, 2017
To read from the artist :
  • « Ma vie », Stock, 1931, rééd. 2003
  • « Mon univers - Autobiographie », Fides Ed., 2017
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Art movements

+ NEW-PRIMITIVISM / 1907-1912 / David Bourliouk, Martiros Sarian, Vladimir Tatline, etc.
+ SCHOOL OF PARIS MONTPARNASSE / 1915-1935 / Chaïm Soutine, Jacques Lipchitz, etc.
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