Marc Chagall

Clown In Love


Marc Chagall was a Belorussian-born French painter, printmaker, and designer who composed his images based on emotional and poetic associations, rather than on rules of pictorial logic.


Marc Chagall


Chagall was born in Vitebsk, Russia in 1887. After studying in St Petersburg he went to Paris where he befriended the avant-garde circle of artists. In 1917 he returned to his native Vitebsk where he was made Director and Commissar of Fine Art. However, his fantasy-based work irked the conservative authorities so he left for Moscow to design for the new Jewish Theatre.
Chagall’s numerous works represent vivid recollections of Russian village scenes and incidents in his private life. His works combine recollection with folklore and fantasy. Biblical themes characterize a segment of the artist's oeuvre, including the 12 stained-glass windows in the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem (1962). In 1973, the National Museum of the Marc Chagall Biblical Message was opened in Nice, France that houses hundreds of his biblical works. Chagall executed many works illustrating literary classics and in 1964, the ceiling of the Paris Opera. Two large murals created in 1966 hang in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. A painter-poet, Chagall brought back the forgotten dimension of metaphor into French formalism. He is recognized as one of the most significant painters and graphic artists of the 20th Century. His work treats subjects in a vein of humor and fantasy that draws deeply on the resources of the unconscious. Chagall’s personal and unique imagery is often suffused with exquisite poetic inspiration. 

Returning to Paris in 1923 he met the art-dealer Vollard for whom he illustrated Gogol’s Dead Souls and the Fables of La Fontaine. Between 1941-47 he moved between occupied France and the USA, eventually settling near Nice. Chagall was a prolific artist, his work reminiscent of Jewish life, bible stories and of the folklore from his early years in Russia. He died in 1985.


Authentic lithograph on pH Neutral Acid-Free mount board and non-reflective, standard float & UV Protective glass available




Lithograph  - 60.5 x 50.5 cm framed




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