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Shop in Vitebsk. 1914

Chagall Marc,
Oil on cardboard
49 х 48,5

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1926–1928 из Музея художественной культуры, Ленинград


Marc Chagall depicted both the streets of Vitebsk and life inside its houses. Shop in Vitebsk was painted shortly after the artist’s return from Paris. Chagall depicts the familiar world of the grocery store, with its barrels of herring, oats, sugar cubes, flour and a range of other items. The artist’s calm, loving gaze transforms everyday objects into this poetic image of a shop.

Author's Biography

Chagall Marc

Chagall, Marc (Shagal, Mark Zakharovich)
1887, Vitebsk - 1985, St Paul de Vence (France)
Painter, graphic artist. Studied at the Yehuda Pen School in Vitebsk (1906), School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1907-08), Seidenberg''s studio, under Mstislav Dobuzhinsky and Leon Bakst at the Elizaveta Zvantseva School of Drawing and Painting (1908-09) and in private studios in Paris (1910-14). Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (1912), Donkey''s Tail (1912), Salon des Independants (1912-14) and Jack of Diamonds (1916). Lived in Vitebsk and Petrograd (from 1915), director of the Vitebsk School of Art. Moved to Moscow (1920) and worked for the Jewish Chamber Theatre. Illustrated Nikolai Gogol''s Dead Souls and La Fontaine''s frobtes for Ambroise Vollard. Designed the sets and costumes for a production of Igor Stravinsky''s ballet The Firebird (1945). Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern An in New York (1946). Lived in Paris (from 1923), USA (from 1941) and St Paul de Vence (from 1950).

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