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Marc Chagall

Chagall, c.1920 (by Pierre Choumoff)
Born Moishe Shagal
(1887-07-06)6 July 1887 (N.S.)
Liozna, near Vitebsk, Russian Empire (present-day Belarus)
Died 28 March 1985(1985-03-28) (aged 97)
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Nationality Russian, later French[1]
Known for

stained glass

Notable work See List of artworks by Marc Chagall


Spouse(s) Bella Rosenfeld (1915–1944, the year of her death) Valentina (Vava) Brodsky (1905 – 1993)[2]

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
Marc Chagall
All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
Marc Chagall
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
I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more.
Marc Chagall
When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art.
Marc Chagall
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.
Marc Chagall
Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.
Great art picks up where nature ends.
The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.
I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.
Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.
Marc Chagall