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Marc Chagall’s Bible Series: How the Artist Brought the Bible to Life

Now considered a pioneer of modernism, 20th-century artist artist Marc Chagall risked damaging that reputation when he created a graphic series based on one of art’s most ancient subjects: The Bible. The end result, however, was a series of 105 incredible etchings and engravings that many art historians consider to be one of the greatest artistic achievements in modern times. As noted art historian Meyer Schapiro put it: “If we had nothing of Chagall but his Bible, he would be for us a great mod...

How Marc Chagall Came to Illustrate One of the Greatest Love Stories of All Time

Bob Dylan once said that “passion is a young man’s game,” but over 60 years ago, at the age of 55, famed artist Marc Chagall illustrated one of the greatest young love stories of all time—the Greek legend of Daphnis and Chloé. Considered one of the quintessential artists of the 20th century, Chagall defined a new generation of figurative artists by envisioning optimism, empathy, and resolve within his work. Those qualities permeate his passionate depictions of the two Greek lovers, which perfect...

Behind the Artist: Marc Chagall

At its height, Modernism rested upon a single conviction: to illuminate humankind’s brutal truths. Unlike many of his avant-garde peers, Russian-born artist Marc Chagall showcased his creative command by envisioning optimism, empathy, and resolve in his work.   As a testament to the human spirit, Chagall’s artistic talent not only rivaled the accomplishments of many great modern masters, it earned their praise. In Françoise Gilot’s memoir “Life with Picasso,” Pablo Picasso is documented as...

Marc Chagall: Points of Interest

Happy birthday to Marc Chagall! The artist, born July 7, 1887, is credited as being a pioneer of modern art with a style that borrowed from fauvism, expressionism and cubism, but cannot be pigeonholed into one category. His dreamy works, whether of village life or Jewish rituals, continue to be the subject of study. He worked in everything from painting and drawing to mosaic, sculpture and lithography, his innovations in the latter setting new standards for fine art graphic works. In honor of th...