Exhibition in Spotlight: Marc Chagall
Friday 30 September – Saturday 29 October
at Barnbury, Winchcombe
Barnbury is presenting an important exhibition of more than 40 lithographs by the 20th century Russian artist Marc Chagall…
One of nine children, Marc Chagall was born into a devoutly Jewish family inBelarus in 1887. The young Chagall attended the heder (Jewish elementary school) and later went to the local public school, where he developed an early interest in art. After studying painting, he left Russia for Paris in 1907, where he lived in an artist colony on the city’s outskirts. He composed his images based on emotional and poetic associations, rather than on rules of pictorial logic. Pre-dating Surrealism, his early works, such as I and the Village (1911), were among the first expressions of psychic reality in modern art.
After returning to Vitebsk for a visit in 1914, the outbreak of WWI trapped Chagall in Russia. He returned to France in 1923 but was forced to flee the country during WWII. Finding asylum in the USA, Chagall became involved in set and costume design before returning to France in 1948.
In 1977, Chagall received the Grand Medal of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest accolade. That same year, he became one of only a handful of artists in history to receive a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre. He died in 1985, aged 97, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in the south of France.
More than 40 lithographs, mostly originals from the 1950s, are on display and for sale in this exhibition. They include The Bible series, created by Chagall between 1931 and 1939 after his visit to the Holy Land. Other works depict Chagall’s love of Paris, dance and scenes from the circus. Many were printed in Paris by the legendary atelier of Fernand Mourlot.
The exhibition opens on Friday 30 September and continues until Saturday 29 October. Barnbury is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am–5pm.
Barnbury, Winchcombe: 01242 300330 / GL54 5LH / barnbury.com