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Facts about Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was an artist who is largely regarded as being one of the earliest modernists. A Belarussian-Russian who later became a naturalized French citizen, Marc Zakharovich Chagall was born on July 6, 1887 to a Jewish family. From an early age Marc Chagall showed an intense interest in art. However, due to Jewish discrimination in Russian at that time it was difficult for him to attend art schools. After his mother bribed a headmaster Marc Chagall did manage to attend art classes and strengthen his artistic techniques. Over time he started creating dreamscapes—unique paintings that were like nothing else seen in that era. During that time being a Jewish painter in Russia was a rarity but being a modern artist made his situation even more unusual. Marc Chagall embraced his stance as a Jewish modernist painter and often incorporated elements of his Jewish upbringing into his work. For example, the Star of David appears on numerous canvases. Hence, Marc Chagall is sometimes called “the world’s preeminent Jewish artist.” Marc Chagall created art in several mediums including stained glass, book illustrations, stage sets and tapestries. He was even commissioned to create art for churches. Marc Chagall died in France on March 28, 1985. He was 97 years old.

The Artwork of Marc Chagall
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Marc Chagall was known for his dreamscapes.
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Below is a list of facts about Marc Chagall:

• Marc Chagall was born “Moishe Segal.”

• A lot of Marc Chagall’s artwork uses elements of cubism and bright colors which mark him as a modern artist in the same vein as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

• Lincoln Center, the Opera House in New York City, has two huge Marc Chagall pieces hanging on both the left and right side of the opera’s entrance.

• In 1942 Marc Chagall was commissioned to design sets and costumes for the New York Ballet.

• Marc Chagall was married twice and had one child, a son.