Color of Chagall & His Contemporaries

Color of Chagall & His Contemporaries 2022-05-27T18:17:22-04:00

Coming Spring 2023

Ecuyère au cirque ensoleillé, a painting by Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985), Ecuyère au cirque ensoleillé, 1980, tempera, gouache, colored wax crayons, pen and India ink and pencil on Masonite, Collection of Drs. Yolanta and Isaac Melamed

Intense color is the hallmark of this joyous exploration of the works by late 19th/ early 20th-century French artists. Included in this exhibition are more than a dozen rarely-exhibited original oils by Chagall, Renoir, Pissarro and others. Also on view is a selection of preparatory drawings by several masters including Bonnard, Degas, and Dufy.

The greater balance of oils on view in this exhibition is by artist Marc Chagall (née Moishe Shagal), a Russian émigré widely considered to be the standard-bearer for Jewish artists of the 20th century. Embracing the color lessons of his immediate predecessors, Chagall formed his own symbolism with entwined lovers, anthropomorphic animals, and floating landscapes, all suffused with a bold and sometimes jarring palette. Picasso said of Chagall, “When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.”

Featured artists include:

Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947)
Jules Cavailles (1901 – 1977)
Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)
Armand Guillaumin (1841 – 1927)
Camille Pissarro (1831 – 1903)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919)
Maurice Utrillo (1883 – 1955)
Maurice Vlaminck (1876 – 1958)


All works of art in this exhibition are drawn from the collection of Drs. Yolanta and Isaac Melamed.