Marc Chagall was born in Vitebsk, Belorussia in 1887. His artistic vocation began in Pen’s studio in Vitebsk in 1906 and with Bakst in St. Petersburg in 1907. In 1911, he traveled to Paris where his encounters with the Avant-Garde were decisive. In 1914, his first solo exhibition was organized in Berlin before he returned to Vitebsk. Chagall soon became Public Superintendent of Fine Arts and founded an Art Academy. The painter left Russia for good in 1923 and settled in Paris where he further developed his unique style, combining Jewish, Russian and French iconography. Upon his return to France in late 1947 from the United States where he was in exile during World War II, Chagall became one of the greatest artists of the 20th century - an ever-surprising colorist, continuously reinventing his vocabulary - until his death in 1985 in Saint-Paul, France.
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