Marc Chagall, born as Movsja Zacharovich Shagal (Vitebsk, July 7, 1887 - Saint-Paul-de-Vence, March 28, 1985) was a French painter of Jewish-Belarusian origin.Chagall was born in the part of the Empire of Russia that nowadays is Belarus. Later he twisted his name to the more French Marc Chagall. He was the son of a simple herring merchant and the eldest of nine children. The family was hasidic Jewish. This poor but happy period in Chagall's life returns countless times in his work.
His work is often associated with surrealism. But actually his work falls under different trends, although it is not part of anything. Chagall has a very personal style that is dreamy. He got his inspiration from Russian folk art and folk life, his memories of his youth and the role of Judaism in this. He combined elements of this with, among other things, the color of the modern styles he met in Paris. His work shows traces of expressionism, cubism and fauvism. He also regularly depicted Biblical scenes.
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