Today in History: Chagall’s Ceiling: Unveiling at the Paris Opera

| September 23, 2016

160919_news_219x365Color. Joy. Whimsy. Life. A lyrical poem, marriage of art and music, celebration of light, embrace of vision, dream of humanity, glorious theater.

Marc Chagall’s stunning masterpiece on the ceiling of the Paris Opera was presented to the public on September 23, 1964 in the presence of thousands of guests. His work, a gift to France, covered about 2,400 square feet and was painted in five colorful sections that evoked the imagination, dreams, and creations of singers and musicians. A Belorussian native of Jewish descent who spent many years in France, Chagall painted the ceiling at the age of 77, and, in 1977, France returned the honor with a retrospective exhibition of Chagall’s work at the Louvre.

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See Google Arts and Culture for detailed descriptions of the series of five panels painted by Chagall for the Palais Garnier; addressed are Chagall’s vision of the theater, composers and operas represented, design and dominant colors, and content of the masterpiece.

Check out ARTstor, a searchable database of digital images and associated catalog data, to see and learn about over 1,000 art works by Marc Chagall, including the Paris Opera ceiling,

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