France has finalized the restitution of 15 artworks sold under duress or looted by the Nazis, including paintings by Gustav Klimt and Marc Chagall. The bill passed unanimously on Tuesday in the French National Assembly, and is expected to be approved by its Senate on February 15. In a statement, the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, applauded the vote, saying that the continued dispossession of the art was “the denial of the humanity [of these Jewish families], their memory, their memories.” Among the collection is a painting by Chagall, titled The Father, which was looted from David Cender, a Polish Jewish musician and luthier, who arrived...
In the hills of the south of France, a narrow road carves upward through billowing trees against the backdrop of the Mediterranean, seemingly leading to the sky. It twists and turns, brushing against wildflowers and lengthy branches overflowing onto the pavement. Every few seconds, through the spaces of the leaves, a glimpse of a walled city begins to reveal itself, closer and closer, until . . . it’s right there, Saint-Paul de Vence, commanding the landscape, soaking in the light of the Riviera. It looks like a painting. Some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century thought so, too.
The village church of Tudeley in Kent boasts a priceless collection of stained glass windows. They are the work of Marc Chagall, one of the giants of modern art in the 20th Century. For the latest in BBC South East Today's On the Map series, Sara Thornton visited Tudeley to...
Marc Chagall, a French-Belarusian painter, was indispensable to both the emergence of modernism in the early 20th century and Jewish artistic tradition. Born in 1887 to a humble, devoutly Jewish family of eleven, Chagall was brought up in Vitebsk, Belorussia (now Belarus) where he studied painting from the local artist, Jehuda Pen before moving to St. Petersburg in Russia to continue his arts education under stage designer Leon Bakst. He later traveled to Paris in 1910 where he became acquainted with Chaim Soutine, Robert Delaunay, Albert Gleizes, among other contemporaries who were eager to stray from classical, realistic depictions and experiment to every pictorial extreme. He moved to Berlin for a brief stint before returning to Paris in 1923, during which he studied etching and printmaking. Towards the end of his career, Chagall began practicing color lithography quite prevalently but revisited his experiences with etching as well.
The late French-Russian artist Marc Chagall is known for his distinct abstract style that merged Cubism, Fauvism, and Surrealism. Throughout his long career, he created dream-like figurative and narrative art that explored his Jewish identity and life in Russia. He once said, “Lenin turned [the country] upside down, just as I upturn my paintings.”