Life of the Artist
Marc Chagall was a Russian Jewish Painter of the 20th Century. He was born on the 7th Of July, in Vitsebsk, Belarus in 1887. He had a style of his own, expressing this in a mix of features from Expressionism, Surrealism, Symbolism, Cubism and other Modernist art movements. An artist with many talents, he completed works with a range of techniques, which has made him one of the top artists in the 20th Century.
Marc Chagall started to reveal his artistic ability whilst studying at a non religious Russian school. Although his parents disapproved, Chagall then attended an art school in St. Petersburg in 1907. Whilst there he saw works of impressionism and post-impressionism artists such as Monet, Van Gough and Cezanne and was inspired by their use of colour and emotion.
Whilst on a visit to Vitsebsk in1909, he met the love his life, Bella Rosenfeld and married her in 1915. Of which, many of his paintings were painted of her. One example of which was ‘the Birthday’ which was a scene that had happened 3 weeks before their marriage.
Chagall’s work in the last 10 years of his life showed less and less of political or social aspects. Being in his 80s he was also much less outgoing and travelled a lot less too.
Chagall has received a lot of acknowledgment for his work and has therefore won many prizes during his lifetime. Chagall died in 1985 at the age of 97 in the town of Saint Paul of Vence and was buried in a Catholic cemetery.
Marc Chagall had chosen to paint paintings of lovers, workers, friends, and animals. He changed the original scenes to much more dreamlike scenes. Such as the way he makes things float to show strong emotion. His paintings showed memories from his childhood, usually with himself in it and his country life. To which he said:
“My Little Town May Have Vanished Long Ago, but I Carry its Images Always In My Heart” -- Marc Chagall