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Jew in Red. 1915

Chagall Marc,
Oil on cardboard
100 х 80,5

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1926 г. из МХК


After returning to Vitebsk from Paris in 1914, Marc Chagall painted a series of pictures that were then exhibited in St Petersburg.
The catalogue of the exhibition lists such works as Green Jew, Jew with a Sack and Jew with a Violin. Red Jew seems to have been exhibited as Jew with Letters. This work can be considered one of the most dramatic paintings of the cycle, thanks to the tones referred to in the later title of the work. Colour transforms the indigent old Jew into a truly tragic image, endowed with epic force.

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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