Marc Chagall

1887 in Ljosna/Witebsk – 1985 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Marc Chagall’s happy visions of a desirable world

Marc Chagall is one of the greatest masters of the 20th century, whose work had a lasting influence on the art world. A unique myth teller of incredibly creative power – a painting poet.

The origins of his creations are the religious experiences of his childhood, ancient myths and legends. His preferred creatures are amorous, enchanted and dreamy figures, weightless and removed from reality. The light, open sign language and the delicate floating of the image motifs develop an attractive language of imagination. The viewer is overwhelmed by the harmony of the theme and the poetic beauty of the colors.

Marc Chagall describes his painting as a “happy vision of a desirable world” and sees it as a counter-image to reality. Pablo Picasso also expressed his unconditional admiration for Marc Chagall: “Chagall must have an angel in his head…”

The illustration of love as the main theme

Lithography played a prominent role in Chagall’s artistic work. It gave him the freedom to express the metaphorical visions of a work using new means.

By depicting the ancient love story of “Daphnis and Chloé,” Chagall also deals with personal changes in his private life. In 1952 he married the Russian Vava Brodsky. The new circle of life that Chagall needs in order to appear protected now begins on the Greek island of Paros. These events are depicted in “Daphnis and Chloé”. Experienceable love floats above everything, detached from the difficulties of human existence. Chagall worked intensively on this cycle for three years. The cycle, a series of 42 original color lithographs, is a masterpiece of illustration in 20th century art.

In addition to illustrating many books on behalf of the art dealer Vollard, he also created pictures of the Old Testament. Chagall took up this theme again in his late work when designing the stained glass windows of various churches.

Selected works at Galerie Kellermann

At Galerie Kellermann we present selected works by Marc Chagall. In particular, the hand-signed original lithographs, etchings and ceramics are sought-after rarities worldwide and are characterized by their constant increase in value. An ever-growing collection of collectors is faced with fewer and fewer copies available. An autographed Chagall is often a family heirloom that rarely changes hands.

Biography

Marc Chagall – lithograph and original graphics

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) grew up in Vitebsk, Belarus. After his training in Russia, the young artist moved to Paris in 1910. During the four years of his stay he got to know the current art movements and made connections with painters such as Picasso, Matisse and Léger. He studied the works of the Fauvists and Cubists in depth, but found his own distinctive style. In 1915 he returned to Vitebsk and married Bella Rosenfeld, and 7 years later he finally settled in Paris. The death of his wife in 1944 interrupted his creative flow for many months. Early nude and couple paintings express Chagall’s deep affection for her with strong erotic symbolism. These works are a hymn to the happiness of human harmony and illustrate the myth of man and woman.

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