(1887 - 1985)
Marc Chagall: An artist whose painting brings about Modernism in the society.
Marc Chagall (1887-1985, Russian, French) is one of the most prolific and successful artists of the 20th century whose breadth of work spans almost every artistic medium, including painting, prints, stained glass, tapestries and book-making. He is considered one of the pioneering artists to cultivate Modernism. Chagall said, “If a symbol should be discovered in a painting of mine, it was not my intention. It is a result I did not seek. It is something that may be found afterwards, and which can be interpreted according to taste.”
The artist legacy in painting of image and use of colors defines modernism in his art work.
Chagall’s paintings are held in high regard for their fantastical images and use of color that undeniably define modernism. However, his most-admired public works include the beautifully stained-glass windows for the synagogue of Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical Center (known as the Jerusalem Windows) (1962), the ceiling of the Paris Opera (1964) and the windows the Notre Dame Cathedral of Reims, France (1974). By the 1940s, Chagall was a well-known and established artist and in 1946, the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited a painting retrospective of his works at that time.