Today in Art History – Paris Opera Unveils Marc Chagall Ceiling

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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

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

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  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!

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