Marc Chagall

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Known for his surrealistic and humorous paintings, Marc Chagall, a French painter, has grown to be one of the most significant painters and graphic artists in the twentieth century.

Marc Chagall was born July 7, 1887 in Vitsyebsk, Russia. Chagall grew up one of nine children in a Jewish family. Even though both of his parents worked Chagall's family was fairly poor. His mom worked in a grocery store and his dad worked in a packing plant. Both parents worked as much as they could to make enough money to support their family. Chagall had a lot of time on his hands when one day a friend showed Chagall some drawings and he was amazed. Chagall then knew what he wanted to do in his life. He continued to do his dream of painting until his death in St. Paul de Vence, France on March 28, 1985.

In 1910 when Chagall was 23 years old he moved to Paris to learn more about art for four years.

Then he went and got some education in art in St. Petersburg in 1915. Chagall lived there for two years while he studied with other artists and painted many pieces of art.

By 1917, when he was ready to leave St. Petersburg and move back to his hometown of Vitysebsk, Chagall had painted many important art works. Some included: "Candles in the Dark" in 1908, "I and the Village" in 1911, and "The Praying Jew" in 1914. Chagall's early work was very humorous and bright. He had married his first wife, Bella, around this time and painted many art works featuring her. The French cubism and Russian expressionism influenced his mid-career work also.