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Marc Chagall– (Birth Name - Moshe Shagal )  Born 1887 – 1985

As a pioneer of modernism and one of the greatest figurative artists of the twentieth century, Marc Chagall achieved fame and fortune, and over the course of a long career created some of the best-known and most-loved paintings of our time. According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be “the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists,” For decades he “had also been respected as the world’s preeminent Jewish artist.” He also accepted many non-Jewish commissions, including a stained glass for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz a Dag Hammarskjold memorial at the United Nations, and the great ceiling mural in the Paris Opera.

His most vital work was made on the eve of World War I, when he traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his visions of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. He spent his wartime years in Russia, and the October Revolution of 1917 brought Chagall both opportunity and peril. He was by now one of the Soviet Union’s most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avante-garde. He founded the Vitebsk Arts College, which was considered the most distinguished school of art in the Soviet Union.

He was known to have two basic reputations, writes Lewis - as a pioneer of modernism, and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism’s golden age in Paris, where “he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism  and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism.” Yet throughout these phases of his style "he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk." “When Matisse dies,” Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.”

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Number

Dictionary Vol

Artist

Year Born

Page

294

Vol 1

Inge Clayton

1942 - 2010

Page

759

Vol 1

John Holmes

1935 - 2011

Page

319

Vol 1

Beryl Cook

1926 - 2008

Page

474

Vol 2

Robin Elvin

1957

Page

685

Vol 1

Rolf Harris

1930

Page

1710

Vol 2

Lawrie Williamson

1932

Page

1524

Vol 2

Mary Stork

1938 - 2006

Page

110

Vol 2

Peter Midgley

1921 - 1991

Page

292

Vol 1

Edna Clarke Hall

1879 - 1979

Page

554

Vol 1

Terry Frost

1915 - 2003

Page

774

Vol 1

Ken Howard

1932

Page

1332

Vol 2

Alex Rennie

1977

 

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