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Original Marc Chagall Museum Art Exhibition Poster

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Original art poster from the Marc Chagall Museum in Nice, France. Traditional art subject of Rembrandt and the Bible. Fascinated by Rembrandt and the Bible paintings, from a young age and commissioned by famed art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard, Chagall began a series resulting in the eventual exhibit at his later acclaimed museum in Nice. Vollard had previously worked with Chagall on illustrating a Russian novel and a collection of fables. In 1931, Vollard once again approached Chagall, who was living in Paris at the time, this time with the idea of creating a series of etchings based on the Bible, specifically the old testament. Between 1931 and 1939, Chagall completed 65 plates for his etchings and engravings. Unfortunately, calamity would strike before he could complete the series. In July 1939, Vollard died in an auto accident. This tragedy, coupled with World War II spreading across Europe, forced the Bible project to a halt. But the encroaching war did more than threaten Chagall’s progress on his Bible series, it also threatened his very life. As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party gained power in Germany, they began to enact public campaigns against modern art, labeling art that was abstract and non-representational as “degenerate.” This also included works created by Jewish artists, making Chagall a perfect target. However, when Germany invaded and occupied France, Chagall remained, refusing to leave the country he loved. France soon became dangerous for Jews like himself. In October 1940, the government began approving anti-semitic laws, and Chagall and his wife realized they needed to flee. They could only go to the United States, but they were unable to afford the fees necessary for passage to New York. Thankfully, an American journalist named Varian Fry was operating a rescue network within France. Chagall’s name was added to a list of more than 2,000 other prominent artists whose lives were at risk. In May 1941, Chagall and his family left Europe and arrived in New York a month later. Finishing Chagall’s Bible. During their time in the United States, Chagall’s wife, Bella, died due to illness in 1944. Grief-stricken, Chagall stopped painting for months. Despite these personal tragedies, Chagall’s fame in the art world continued to grow. By 1946, he had become internationally recognized, inspiring an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern art that showcased his artwork from the past 40 years. Chagall returned to France in 1948, and in July 1952 married his secretary, Valentina “Vava” Brodsky. That same year, Chagall finally resumed his work on the project Vollard had commissioned 25 years ago. He continued working on the Bible series for another four years, completing another 40 etchings by 1956. The etching plates were first printed in the studio of Maurice Potin and later at Raymond Haasen’s studio. Once the process was complete, the copper plates were cancelled and given to the Musee National Message Biblique in Nice by Chagall and Vava. The results were 275 signed and numbered portfolios and 20 hours commerce portfolios. An additional 100 sets of etchings on paper featured hand coloring and were initialed by Chagall in pencil. In fact, throughout his career, Chagall sought the aid of “God-made” beauty to determine whether his art was worthy. Park west gallery director Morris Shapiro describes Chagall’s unique method of determining whether his art was worthy like this. “When Chagall made a work of art, he said he would put it up against a God-made object like a flower or a tree, and if it clashed, it wasn’t art,” Shapiro says. “He also went on to say that when he created his art, he was competing with the beauty of flowers, and failing.” The Bible series by Chagall is regarded as one of the artist’s greatest masterpieces, and one of the 20th century’s best example of engravings.

Details

  • Creator
    Marc Chagall (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.75 in. (60.33 cm)Width: 16.25 in. (41.28 cm)Depth: 0.02 in. (0.51 mm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1975
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition.
  • Seller Location
    Arles, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4082115335872

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About Marc Chagall (Artist)

Described by art critic Robert Hughes as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century," the Russian-French modernist Marc Chagall worked in nearly every artistic medium. Influenced by Symbolism, Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, he developed his own, distinctive style, combining avant-garde techniques and motifs with elements drawn from Eastern European Jewish folk art.


Born Moishe Segal in 1887, in Belarus (then part of the Russian empire), Chagall is often celebrated for his figurative paintings, but he also produced stained-glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, in France; for the United Nations, in New York; and for the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as book illustrations, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine-art prints. Characterized by a bold color palette and whimsical imagery, his works are often narrative, depicting small-village scenes and quotidian moments of peasant life, as in his late painting The Flight into Egypt, from 1980.


Before World War I, Chagall traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. When the conflict broke out, he returned to Soviet-occupied Belarus, where he founded the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922. He fled to the United States during World War II but in 1947 returned to France, where he spent the rest of his life. His peripatetic career left its mark on his style, which was distinctly international, incorporating elements from each of the cultures he experienced. Marc Chagall remains one of the past century’s most respected talents.

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