Today in Art History – Paris Opera Unveils Marc Chagall Ceiling

Started in the 1960s, the Park West Gallery collection is one of the world’s finest, and includes artwork by masters of art history like Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Browse artwork from the Park West Gallery Seasonal Sale >


Marc Chagall, Paris Opera, 1964. Park West Gallery.

On September 23, 1964…
The Paris Opera unveiled a stunning new ceiling painted as a gift by
Belorussian-born artist Marc Chagall, who spent much of his life in France.
The ceiling was typical of Chagall’s masterpieces – childlike in its apparent
simplicity yet luminous with color and evocative of the world
of dreams and the subconscious. 

MARC CHAGALL is one of the foremost artists of the twentieth century. Many of the greatest writers have extolled the universality and exceptional character of Marc Chagall’s art. They have found a kindred spirit in Chagall as epic poet and one of the greatest artists of all time rolled into one.

Aside from an astonishing oeuvre of paintings, monotypes, linocuts, woodcuts, pochoirs, lithographs and etchings that he created during his lifetime, Marc Chagall also created works of equal importance in stained glass, ceramics, costumes and stage sets. He turned again and again to the recurring themes of lovers, musicians, dancers, the artist in the studio, still lifes, animals, angels, and prophets and memories of his Russian Jewish heritage.

The themes that Chagall used in his work throughout his career were his refuge from the world. He once said, “If there were a hiding place in my pictures I would slip into it…”

Source: History.com

Learn more at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies >


Related Links:

9 Responses to Today in Art History – Paris Opera Unveils Marc Chagall Ceiling

  1. […] See the rest here:  Today in Art History – Paris Opera Unveils Marc Chagall Ceiling … […]

  2. That is the most greatest art works I’ve seen so far in google images of Opera Houses. It shows the essence and beauty of what an Opera House really is.

  3. […] — For the very first time in Turkey, the works of outstanding 20th-century artist Marc Chagall are on view for art enthusiasts. Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings at the Pera Museum […]

  4. […] An enormous stage curtain created by Salvador Dali for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo was unfurled yesterday at the Carnegie Museum of Art for the first time since the museum acquired it 33 years ago. The purpose: to evaluate its condition, photograph it for the museum’s internal use and figure out how to display it. The work is so huge it had to be laid flat on the marble floor of the Hall of Sculpture. Measuring 26 1/2 feet high by 49 1/2 feet wide, it is almost 10 feet higher than the museum’s tallest gallery ceiling. […]

  5. […] exceptional painting, Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio (1945), is one of only 10 Chagall works of art created between 1938 and 1945 to feature a Jewish Christ. Gallery representatives recognized the […]

  6. cows are cool says:

    i liked the old one better it showed the opera house at its finest the light filled painting made the POH even more magnifacant

  7. I am of the notion that true art should fester on the corpus of are predecessors. In order to fine the essences originality the tomb must be sealed!
    Marc Ghagall is a master of color!

  8. I have one of these pictures are they worth anything says:

    I got this painting on a cruise ship

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • Art Prodigy Autumn de Forest Named in Teen Vogue’s ’21 Under 21’

    Art prodigy Autumn de Forest had a special message for those attending the 2017 Teen Vogue Summit on December 1 and 2.“When you have something to offer that is ...
    Read More
  • Michael Cheval Finds the Absurd in Surrealism

    Donning a bowler hat, artist Michael Cheval bears a resemblance to artist René Magritte. The similarity is no coincidence, as Cheval’s art is heavily ...
    Read More
  • 5 Easy Ways How to Hang Artwork Without Using Nails

    Collecting art is a lot of fun, but hanging it when you get home is a little more complicated.After all, hanging your newly acquired masterpiece isn’t always an option ...
    Read More
  • 7 Quick Facts to Make You an Art Expert

    Park West Gallery’s mission is to provide individuals with the confidence, knowledge, and means to appreciate fine art.We also understand that art is a complex, diverse, and subjective subject, one ...
    Read More
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ Heading to Louvre Abu Dhabi

    The most expensive artwork ever sold, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World), is heading to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi.The new museum made the announcement on December ...
    Read More
  • 5 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About Joan Miró

    Few artists have had an impact on Modern Art like Joan Miró.Beginning his career in Spain in the early 20th century, Miró defied the art world with his groundbreaking, ...
    Read More
  • Alexandre Renoir Experiences Family Legacy at DIA’s ‘Monet: Framing Life’

    Last week, when artist Alexandre Renoir walked through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ latest exhibition, “Monet: Framing Life,” one particular feeling kept surfacing: pride.Alexandre is a direct descendant of ...
    Read More
  • 8 Breathtaking Works of Winter Art to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

    Can you believe it’s already December? If you can’t and are struggling to get into the holiday spirit, we recommend spending some quality time with a few exceptional works of ...
    Read More
  • Gift Guide: How to Give the Perfect Art Book as a Holiday Gift

    As we enter the holiday season, are you struggling to find the perfect gift for a loved one? If so, you might want to check out Park ...
    Read More
  • Auctioneer Spotlight: Denys Dixie

    Many of our Park West collectors develop friendships with the art teams over the course of their land or sea vacations. Here’s a chance to get to know one of ...
    Read More
  • Artist Matt Beyrer Sets Auction Records, Makes New Limited-Edition Art

    Artist Matt Beyrer sold all 30 of his unique oil paintings on wood during his debut auction in April, leading VIP Auctioneer Rob Ducat to make a bold prediction:“Get ready ...
    Read More
  • Artist Anatole Krasnyansky Speaks About Life and Art in New Video

    Never forget your culture, traditions, or where you came from—that’s the lesson noted artist Anatole Krasnyansky hopes viewers take away from his art.Last year, ...
    Read More