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Marc Chagall exhibition at the Tate Liverpool

Nude in the Garden by Chagall

The Tate Liverpool is hosting an exhibition of more than 70 paintings and drawings by the 20th-century Russian artist Marc Chagall. The exhibition, entitled Chagall: Modern Master focuses on the period from 1911 to 1922. The artist’s 1911 oil painting Nude in the Garden will be on display, along with seven murals painted by Chagall for the Moscow State Yiddish Chamber Theatre in 1920.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is considered to be one of the great artists of the last century. Bringing together such a wide selection of works on paper as well as paintings from across the world, Chagall: Modern Master takes a fresh look at this compelling artist who created some of the most poetic and enduring images of the 20th-century. This exhibition will be the first major presentation of the Russian painter’s work in the UK for more than fifteen years.

Marc Chagall, I and the Village, 1911

I and The Village by Chagall

Born into a religious family, the son of a herring merchant, Moishe Shagall (as he was known) grew up in what is now Belarus, in the Pale of Settlement. He left home to study art in St. Petersburg at the age of 20, then moved to Paris. He returned to Russia and was forced to stay there during the First World War, and later sought refuge in the United States during the Holocaust.

Much of his work contained Jewish themes, including his famous Jerusalem Windows, at the Hadassah hospital in Israel, which depict the time when Jacob blessed his sons and they saw visions of the future.

Viewers will be able to explore Chagall’s development from the ‘naïve’ folkloristic narratives in his early work, towards his unique style combining fauve, cubist, expressionist and suprematist influences while reflecting his native Jewish Russian culture. This is a rare chance to see a variety of pieces from such an interesting artist who is considered to be one of the great surrealists of the century.

Marc Chagall, The Poet Reclining, 1915

The Poet Reclining by Chagall

His dreamy paintings were said to be fuelled on absinthe and love for his first wife Bella, yet they were also the paintings of a refugee, who had watched the Russia of his childhood disappear after the Revolution. The collection on show focuses upon Chagall’s early career, his years in Paris before the First World War and his brief return to his native country in 1917. What it reveals is an artist on the cusp of transformation, from the naïve folklore painter to one that embraced the modern movements of cubism, fauvism and expressionism, yet always remained rooted in his native Jewish Russian culture.

This unmissable exhibition will be running from the 8th of June to the 6th of October.

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