Marc Chagall:
Marc Chagall Collection by Bernardaud - "La Coupole de I'Opéra Garnier" underplate / bowl, porcelain
Marc Chagall:
Marc Chagall Collection by Bernardaud - "La Coupole de I'Opéra Garnier" underplate / bowl, porcelain

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porcelain | underplate | Ø 36 cm | dishwasher-safe

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Marc Chagall Collection by Bernardaud - "La Coupole de I'Opéra Garnier" underplate / bowl, porcelain
Marc Chagall: Marc Chagall Collection by Bernardaud - "La...

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Marc Chagall Collection by Bernardaud - "La Coupole de I'Opéra Garnier" underplate / bowl, porcelain

Throughout his life, Marc Chagall considered the choice of colours as a form of expression. "Painting is more necessary for me than food. It seems like a window through which I could have taken flight toward another world," Marc Chagall explained.
And this is evident in a large number of pictures and drawings with watercolours, pastels, which may not be so well known. The selection for this collection - a bouquet, dancers and acrobats, and painters with their colour palettes - not only addresses a dream world but also the brave witness to the unexpected. "It is the life that creates the contrast between the unimaginable and the imperfect," Chagall said.
To renew these "messages" and share them with the world, highlighted by a contemporary view, the Chagall Committee has commissioned a reproduction on porcelain from Bernardaud.
The inspiration for this large underplate (which can also be used as a bowl) is the circular ceiling painting Chagall created in 1963 for the Opéra Garnier in Paris. The opera house itself and a ballet group are depicted amidst Chagall-typical motifs. Further references to the home of the "Phantom of the Opera" are l'Arc de Triomphe and - unmistakably - the Eiffel Tower. Diameter 36 cm. Dishwasher safe. © ADAGP, Paris, 2015 - Chagall ®

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Portrait of the artist Marc Chagall

About Marc Chagall

1887-1985 - Russian-French painter

Marc Chagall is one of the greatest masters of the 20th century, whose work had a lasting influence on the art world. A unique myth teller of unbelievable creative power - a painter and poet.

The origin of his creations are the religious experiences of his childhood, ancient myths and legends. His favourite creatures are enchanted and dreamy figures in love, weightless and removed from reality. The light, open language of signs, the delicate floating of the pictorial motifs develop a charming language of fantasy. The viewer is overwhelmed by the harmony of the theme and the poetic beauty of the colours.

Marc Chagall describes his painting as the "happy vision of a desirable world" and understands it as a counter-image to reality.

Marc Chagall was born in 1887 to Jewish parents in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk. At the age of 20, he went to Saint Petersburg to study painting. There he saw pictures of European modernism for the first time and was so fascinated by them that he travelled to Paris in 1910. He rented a tiny workroom in the studio house "La Ruche", where his neighbours were Léger and Modigliani, and he met Soutine, Archipenko and the Delaunays. Chagall lived in the midst of the avant-garde, but he is neither interested in modern technology nor in taking a look ahead, but rather in how he can most effectively capture the nostalgic-poetic world of his childhood memories.

When he saw the colours and forms of the Cubists, he knew that he could use them to depict the enchantment of the small town with its crooked wooden huts, as well as Jewish family celebrations, the frenzy of first love or the flying violinist as a symbol of Ahasver, the restless Jew.

From then on, Chagall playfully fuses set pieces of his memories with moments of Russian folklore, religion, nostalgia and fantasy - and is successful in doing so: Herwarth Walden, Berlin art dealer and publisher of the magazine "Sturm" discovers Chagall in 1913 and immediately organises an exhibition in Berlin that makes the young artist famous all at once.

Chagall spent the years of the First World War in Vitebsk again. He marries his childhood sweetheart Bella Rosenfeld and briefly becomes "Commissioner for Fine Arts" in 1918, but in 1923 he moves back to Paris with his wife. The young artist was soon doing well in business: he had exhibitions, painted, illustrated books and in 1930 received the enormous commission to illustrate the Bible.

In 1941, Chagall and his family fled to the USA. The death of his wife in 1944 interrupted his creative flow for many months. Early nudes and couple paintings express Chagall's deep affection for her with strong erotic symbolism. These works are a hymn to the happiness of human harmony, and they depict the myth of man and woman.

When he returned to Paris in 1947, several European capitals held a retrospective exhibition of the now 60-year-old artist's work. Chagall's early paintings, which transport the viewer into a delicately coloured, non-political ideal world, are popular.

In depicting the ancient love story of "Daphnis and Chloé", Chagall also deals with personal changes in his private life. In 1952, he married the Russian Vava Brodsky. On the Greek island of Paros, his new life began, that Chagall needed in order to be able to work in a sheltered way. These events are depicted in "Daphnis and Chloé". Spaces of silence alternate with exuberant festivities. But above it all, hovers love that can be experienced, detached from the difficulties of human existence. Chagall worked intensively on this cycle for three years. The cycle, a series of 42 original colour lithographs, is a masterpiece of illustration in 20th-century art.

In addition to lithographs and bible illustrations, Chagall also created monumental art in public spaces: at the end of the 1950s, Chagall discovered stained glass. Until the 1970s, he designed windows for numerous large European churches, for a Jerusalem synagogue and the United Nations. At the same time, he created ceiling paintings for the Paris Opera and murals in Tel Aviv, Tokyo and New York. The very old Chagall worked tirelessly - but he was reluctant to talk about his paintings.