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Artist Marc Chagall

Мойша Захаравіч Шагалаў

(July 7, 1887 - March 28, 1985)

[ Postage Stamp: Europa Stamp Expo; 1 of 3, 1993 ]

* I don't know if his birthday is in the (old) Julian calendar, or the current Gregorian calendar.

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From his entry in the Historical Dictionary of Belarus (Zaprudnik, 1998; p. 73)

News Article: Marc Chagall Days Kick Off in Viciebsk

"The traditional annual Marc Chagall Days began in Vitsyebsk on July 7 [2007]. The Days, held for the 17th time, mark the 120th birthday of the renowned Viciebsk-born artist. An open door day was held at the Marc Chagall museum in Viciebsk on Saturday. Visitors were told how the museum's collection was gathered and how a museum was established in the artist's native house on Pakrowskaya Street, where a traditional festival will take place, Lyudmila Khmyanitskaya, director of the museum, told BelaPAN. According to her, the festival will feature performances by a Moscow percussion band called Theater of Sounds and a Russian circus group. //BelaPAN "

News Article: US Embassy Grants Assistance to the Marc Chagall Museum in Vitebsk

"The US Embassy in Minsk has granted $14,000 in assistance funding to The Marc Chagall Museum in Vitebsk. The money is planned to be spent on repairs and refilling the museum funds. In addition to this grant, the US Embassy in Minsk funded the publication of the first catalog of the artist's works titled Marc Chagall and the Bible, compiling up to 70 pieces of the famous Belarus Jewish artist."

News Article: Award-Winning Play on Chagall Shown to Officials, Foreign Diplomats in Mensk

"An award-winning play called Chagall...Chagall about the years spent in Vitebsk by the world-famous Belarusian-born painter Marc Chagall was shown in a small theater in Mensk (Minsk) on January 11 [2001]."

"The audience consisted almost entirely of foreign diplomats and officials from Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture. The heads of more than 15 foreign missions attended the performance."

"The play by Vladimir Drozdov was directed by Vitaly Barkovsky and performed by actors of the Vitebsk-based Belarusian State Academic Drama Theater. Last year, Chagall...Chagall won an award at the Edinburgh Festival, drawing nine full houses instead of just six performances."

"The Brest-based international festival Belaya Vezha 2000 brought another two awards, including Best Director."

News Article: Chagall's Works Exhibited in Minsk

"An exhibition of 39 works by Marc Chagall opened at the National Museum of Fine Arts on the evening of July 7 [2000] and will last until August 31 [2000]."

"On display are sketches of a canvas that covers the ceiling of the Opera in Paris, drawings and lithographs of Paris, and several tapestry works by another French artist inspired by Chagall's paintings. The exhibition is a joint project of the Ida Chagall Heirs Foundation, the French Embassy in Belarus, and the National Fine Arts Museum."

"Marc Chagall was born in Vitebsk on July 7, 1887, and educated in art in St. Petersburg and, from 1910, in Paris, where he remained until 1914. Between 1915 and 1917 he lived in St. Petersburg; after the Russian Revolution he was director of the Art Academy in Vitebsk from 1918 to 1919 and was art director of the Moscow Jewish State Theater from 1919 to 1922. Chagall painted several murals in the theater lobby and executed the settings for numerous productions. In 1923, he moved to France, where he spent the rest of his life, except for a period of residence in the United States from 1941 to 1948. He died in St. Paul de Vence, France, on March 28, 1985."

"Chagall's distinctive use of color and form is derived partly from Russian expressionism and was influenced decisively by French cubism. Crystallizing his style early, as in Candles in the Dark (1908, artist's collection), he later developed subtle variations."

"His numerous works represent characteristically vivid recollections of Russian-Jewish village scenes, as in I and the Village (1911, Museum of Modern Art, New York City), and incidents in his private life, as in the print series Mein Leben (German for My Life, 1922), in addition to treatments of Jewish subjects, of which The Praying Jew (1914, Art Institute of Chicago) is one."

"His works combine recollection with folklore and fantasy. Biblical themes characterize a series of etchings executed between 1925 and 1939, illustrating the Old Testament, and the 12 stained-glass windows in the Hadassah Hospital of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem (1962)."

"In 1973 Musee National Message Biblique Marc Chagall (National Museum of the Marc Chagall Biblical Message) was opened in Nice, France, to house hundreds of his biblical works. Chagall executed many prints illustrating literary classics. A canvas completed in 1964 covers the ceiling of the Opera in Paris, and two large murals (1966) hang in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City."

"Vitebsk has the Marc Chagall Museum, which consists of an exhibition hall and the house where Chagall lived when a child. The Marc Chagall Museum organizes Chagall readings every year on the artist's birthday, displaying works by participants in Chagall plein air sessions."

"The Ninth International Days of Marc Chagall opened in Vitebsk [Viciebsk], the artist's birthplace, on July 5 [1999]. The festivities are timed to coincide with Chagall's 112th birthday."

"The Days will include a "Marc Chagall and Jewish Culture" exhibition, a conference of Chagall researchers and an evening of literature and music "At Marc and Bella's" at the artist's home, which has been turned into a museum. A number of events to commemorate artist Yury Pen, Marc Chagall's teacher, will be organized in Vitebsk from July 5 to 7."

News Article: Swiss and German Collectors Donate 11 Marc Chagall Works to Museum in Vitebsk

"Eleven Marc Chagall drawings have been donated to Vitebsk [Viciebsk], the artist's native town, by Swiss and German collectors."

"The donation, which is estimated at $1 million, was brought to the State Museum of Marc Chagall in Vitebsk by Gunter Komacki, one of the collectors. He proposed that a special exhibition of Marc Chagall works from his collection be held in Vitebsk in 2002, timed to coincide with the 115th birthday of the universally known artist."

[ Postage Stamp: Europa Stamp Expo; 2 of 3, 1993 ] [ Postage Stamp: Europa Stamp Expo; 3 of 3, 1993 ]

Marc Chagall-Related Web sites

(Many--if not most--of the following Web sites are commercial entities. Few, if any of these Web sites even mention Belarus or Belarusian culture.)

Note: Also check many of the major art museums of the world Web sites, for their Marc Chagall gallery sections.)

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