Marc Chagall: Drawings for the Bible

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Russian-born painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985) established a reputation as one of the most eminent among 20th century modern artists. His work was dominated by rich sources of imagery- memories of his family life, folklore of his early years in Russia, and the Bible. The Drawings for the Bible were commissioned in 1930 by Ambroise Vollard, a Parisian art dealer and publisher of deluxe art books. Chagall traveled to Palestine to experience for himself the people, the landscape and the sacred historic places. By 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, he had finished 66 images. Although Chagall was familiar with the works of the old masters, especially Rembrandt’s portrayals of Biblical themes, his depictions are independent of all previous iconography and the traditional conventions. Rather, Chagall based his etchings on his personal memories and his impressions from his trip to what was then Palestine. The museum will display a large selection of lithographs from this series from October 23, 2011 – January 31, 2012.

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