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Marc Chagall’s Lithographs And Sketches Exhibited In Pécs

Tamás Székely 2015.04.28.

An exhibition featuring 148 of Marc Chagall’s lithographs and sketches opened in the city of Pécs, in southern Hungary. The exhibition, running until Oct. 31, presents 40 lithographs on biblical themes, 43 ones for Homer’s Odyssey and sketches prepared for the renovation of the Paris Opera’s ceiling.

Lithographs made for the twelve colour stain glass windows for the Abbell Synagogue at the Hadassah University Medical Centre in Jerusalem are also on display in the Martyn Ferenc Museum. Chagall’s works travelled to Pécs from the German private collection of Thomas Emmerling, who chose the city with its cultural significance kept in view, Mayor Zsolt Páva said at the opening. In August, the exhibition will be completed with Chagall’s painting The Blue Village, arriving from the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts.

Born in Belarus in 1887, Marc Chagall was a painter, printmaker and designer associated with several major artistic styles, synthesizing elements of Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism. One work in particular, “I and the Village” (1911), pre-dated Surrealism as an artistic expression of psychic reality. An early modernist, Chagall created works in nearly every artistic medium, including sets for plays and ballets, biblical etchings, and stained-glass windows. Chagall died in France in 1985. Today, he is widely regarded as one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.

via hungarymatters.hu and biography.com photo: Tamás Sóki – MTI