Museé National Marc Chagall
If you go to France on group tour be sure to visit the Museé National Marc Chagall (Alpes-Maritimes). The museum dedicated to the work of Marc Chagall is one of the most significant spaces of history and culture that remain fro the historical eons associated with the Second World War.
The museum is devoted to presenting the rounded and well-informed picture of an artist, who was able to rise above the hardships and injustices of his time. Chagall transcended the limits of the human imagination to transcend the horror of his own time, reunifying the fractures of the human soul and psyche.
It is not often an artist has the honour seeing his own museum created during his lifetime!
In 1973, the “National Museum Marc Chagall Biblical Message” (“Musée national message biblique Marc Chagall”) was born. The museum houses the series of seventeen paintings illustrating the biblical message, painted by Chagall and offered to the French State in 1966. This series illustrates the books of Genesis, Exodus and the Song of Songs.
Chagall brought a genuine and deep insight about suffering and transcendence into the art world. He started out life his young life in a Russian concentration camp as an interned Jew, and was later forced to flee Europe to wait out the WW11.
Chagall’s paintings are filled with poetic humor. When asked why there are amazing chooks heads that suddenly appear in the poetic form, he simply replied,
It seemed to me that Fascists were running all over Europe like chooks with their heads cut off – so I threw some in.
As the collection has grown, what was a museum illustrating the themed Biblical messages has become a monographic museum dedicated to Chagall’s works of religious and spiritual inspiration. In 1986, the museum acquired the complete drawings and gouaches painted to depict the Exodus and ten other paintings, which includes the triptych named Résistance, Résurrection, Libération. Other acquisitions complemented the museum’s collections. The museum now has one of the largest collections of works by Marc Chagall.
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