Marc Chagall

Let everything that hath breath praise the lord

Dates: b.1887 - d.1985

Gender: Male

Nationality: French

‘Will God or someone give me the power to breathe my sigh into my canvases, the sigh of prayer and sadness, the prayer of salvation, of rebirth?’– Marc Chagall
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Other artworks in churches by this artist:

Windows (1963), All Saints, Tudeley, Kent; Windows (1978-1985), Church of St Stephen, Mainz, Germany; Windows (1970), Prophets, Jacob, Zion, Christ, Law 1970, Windows, Fraumünster Abbey, Zurich, Switzerland; Joel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Cherubim, Elijah, The Crucifixion 1964, Windows, Union Church of Pocantico Hills, NY, US

Biography:

‘Will God or someone give me the power to breathe my sigh into my canvases, the sigh of prayer and sadness, the prayer of salvation, of rebirth?’– Marc Chagall
Russian born in modern day Belarus. Marc Chagall was a pioneer of modernism and is considered to be one of the greatest figurative artists of the 20th century. Over the course of a long career Chagall’s unique personal style was informed by his experience and memories of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. In Paris as part of the Montparnasse circle ‘he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism.’ Yet throughout these phases of his style ‘he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk.’  During his career Chagall did accept many non-Jewish commissions, including stained glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, the Dag Hammarskjold memorial at the United Nations, the great ceiling mural in the Paris Opera and the ceiling of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Lewis, Michael J. “Whatever Happened to Marc Chagall?” Commentary, October, 2008 pgs. 36-37
 

Official website: http://www.chagallpaintings.org