“The Colourful World of Marc Chagall” Art Exhibition
Presented by "Gallery by the Harbour ", the art exhibition “The Colourful World of Marc Chagall” showcase 20 limited edition lithographs, including rarely exhibited original lithographs from Chagall’s “The Story of Exodus” Illustration Suite, from 31 March to 17 April.
While many of his peers such as Picasso and Matisse pursued ambitious experiments that led often to abstraction, Chagall believed in the power of figurative art that he maintained despite absorbing ideas from Fauvism, Surrealism and Cubism. His poetic, dreamlike style distinguishes him from other artists in the Modern Period.
“The Colourful World of Marc Chagall” Art Exhibition is the premier show in Asia showing the rarely seen original lithographs from Chagall’s illustrated “The Story of Exodus” Suite. Filled with vivid colours and rich composition, Chagall’s works seem to have a light touch of melancholy that invites audience to enter into his gentle and poetic sensory world, and have a chance to explore more about the free and creative state of mind of this modern master.
Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) was a Russian-French artist, born in a Jewish family near the city of Vitebsk, Russia. As an early modernist, Chagall’s major works include paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics and fine art prints.
As a child, Chagall attended a Jewish elementary school, where he studied Hebrew and the Bible, before later attending a Russian public school to be familiar with the fundamentals of drawing. At the age of 19, Chagall enrolled at a private art school and began his formal art education.
In 1907, Chagall moved to St. Petersburg and studied at the Imperial Society for the Protection of Fine Arts. Despite the school’s formal instruction, and the widespread popularity of realism in Russia at that time, Chagall was already establishing his own personal style, which featured a dreamlike unreality and the people, places and imagery that were close to his heart.
Chagall moved to Paris, France in 1911. He exhibited several paintings at the annual Salon des Indépendants exhibition during 1912 to 1914, causing quite a stir in the Paris art world. Chagall’s popularity began to spread and soon he has achieved youthful success as a painter.
The outbreak of World War I in August 1914 precluded Chagall’s plan to return to Paris. He temporarily settled in Moscow and Berlin with his family until they had a chance to move back in September 1923. Since then, Chagall was commissioned by art dealers and publishers to create a series of etchings and limited edition prints, which brought him a period of great efflorescence in his artistic career and enabled him to travel throughout Europe in the following years.
With the eruption of World War II in 1941, Chagall’s name was added by the director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City to a list of artists and intellectuals deemed most at risk from the Nazis’ anti-Jewish campaign, which helped Chagall and his family obtain visas to relocate to the United States.
After seven years in exile, Chagall and his family returned to France and moved to the French Riviera in 1950. Chagall’s first wife, Virginia left him the next year. Chagall met his second wife Valentina Brodsky in 1952 and settled into a life as an established painter thereafter. Meanwhile, he began branching out and working in sculptures and ceramics, as well as mastering the art of stained glass windows.
In the year of 1977, Chagall became one of only a handful of artists in history to receive a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre Museum. He passed away on March 28, 1985, in France at age 97, leaving behind a vast collection of works along with a rich legacy as an iconic Jewish artist and pioneer of modernism