In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
– Marc Chagall
The oldest of nine children, Marc Chagall experienced poverty, prejudice and the limitations put on Jews in his home country of Russia. He was witness to the Russian Revolution, World Wars l and ll and the destruction of his village of Vitebsk, and still his work was, most often, joyful and always hopeful.
During his early years, Chagall tried his hand at Fauvism and Cubism, but he eventually established his own colorful style of figurative and narrative art, steeped in his Jewish roots.
Marc Chagall Original Work from His Later Years
Born in 1887, Chagall was required, like all Russian Jews at the time, to attend local Jewish schools. His religious background and education had a profound influence on his work.
Chagall painted, sculpted and was a skilled printmaker.
Chagall worked throughout his life, through the best, and also through the most difficult, of times. Both Le Abret Verte (The Green Tree) and Acrobats were done in 1984, the year before he died, at age 97. Each work contains the colors and sense of elation that make it unmistakably Chagall.
Marc Chagall Remembered on Stage
Marc Chagall’s first love was his wife, Bella, who was the subject in many of the paintings. Bella died in America in 1944, where the couple had fled from France to escape Nazi persecution.
The story of Marc and Bella has been told in The Flying Lover of Vitebsk, a play that has won the 2017 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. The musical, which has been staged in both Europe and the U.S., will be presented in New York later this year.
Stolen Chagall Found After Thirty Years
Thirty years ago, a painting by Marc Chagall was stolen from an upscale New York apartment. According to the F.B.I., the aging thief had the painting hidden in his attic since 1988 and decided to confess his crime when he discovered that he was terminally ill.
Chagall painted Othello and Desdemona in 1911 and sold it to art collectors Ernest and Rose Heller. The Hellers not only collected works of art, they also entertained Chagall and other artists in their apartment.
According to the F.B.I., the thieves were part of a sophisticated Bulgarian organized crime group. They entered the apartment while the owners were on vacation and stole, not only the Chagall, but paintings by Renoir, Picasso, Léger and Hopper, jewelry, rugs and antiquities from Peru and Costa Rica.
The robbery remained unsolved for thirty years, and would probably have remained a mystery, if not for the thief’s confession.
Marc Chagall Originals for Sale at the Surovek Gallery
Please contact us if you would like more information about Le Abret Verte (The Green Tree), Acrobats or any of the other fine works available at the Surovek Gallery.