Today in Art History – Paris Opera Unveils Marc Chagall Ceiling
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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…”