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Marc Chagall: Early Works from Russian Collections

April 29, 2001 - October 14, 2001


From his experiences over fifteen years (from 1907 - 1922) in Russia, Chagall developed the original visual vocabulary that became deeply embedded in his psyche.

Although Chagall was exposed to and experimented with a number of artistic styles during this time, he always maintained the integrity of his inner vision. His strikingly modern treatment of space and color and the suspension of logic in his work were welcome contributions to both the Russian and the European avant-garde.

These early years in Russia provide the key to Chagall's long and prolific career. To understand how Chagall's work took shape during this period, we must look to Yehuda Pen, the artist who was Chagall's earliest teacher and mentor.

Marc Chagall (Russian/French, 1887-1985)
Lovers in Blue, 1914
Oil on paper, mounted on cardboard, 193/8" x 173/8" (49 x 44 cm)
Private Collection, St. Petersburg
© 2004 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Marc Chagall: Early Works from Russian Collections is sponsored by Dresdner Bank and by Delta Airlines.

Leadership support has been provided by a special appropriation obtained by New York State Senator Roy M. Goodman and administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, an anonymous donor, Anne and Bernard Spitzer, the Robert Lehman Foundation and The Skirball Foundation. Major grants have been received from OFFITBANK, Credit Lyonnais, The Smart Family Foundation, an anonymous donor, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller and other generous donors.

Endowment support has been provided by the Fine Arts Fund, established at The Jewish Museum by the National Endowment for the Arts and the generosity of Andrea and Charles Bronfman, Melva Bucksbaum, Barbara Horowitz, Betty and John Levin, Lynn and Glen Tobias, Bunny and Jim Weinberg, and the Estates of Ruth Roaman Epstein, Francis A. Jennings, Charles J. Simon and Leonard Wagner. The catalogue has been published with the aid of a publications fund established by the Dorot Foundation.

Audio guide made possible by Bloomberg.

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