July 24, 2017

Chagall Museum, Nice

Marc Chagall is one of the great painters of the twentieth century, known for his simple scenes, biblical themes and brilliant colours. The Musée national Marc Chagall was inaugurated in 1973 on the artist's 86th birthday and it's the first time a French national museum has been devoted to an artist while he was still alive.



Song of Songs III, by Marc Chagall
Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice



Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice

Photo of Marc Chagall


The museum houses works donated to the French State by Marc Chagall and his wife, Valentina. In the Main Hall, seventeen Biblical Message paintings depict important scenes from the Bible.



Moses and the Burning Bush, by Marc Chagall
Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice

Moses Depicted with Horns


Paradise, by Marc Chagall
Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice

Eve Offers Adam the Apple



Driven from Paradise, by Marc Chagall
Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice

A Blooming Tree


The adjoining Song of Songs room houses a series of five paintings about a bride and groom, all done in various shades of red. Chagall dedicated this room to his second wife, Valentina.



Song of Songs III, by Marc Chagall
Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice

Barnyard Animals are Frequently Depicted in Chagall's Work


Song of Songs IV, by Marc Chagall
Musée national Marc Chagall, Nice

Chagall's Subjects Often Defy Gravity



The museum includes a reflecting pond with a mosaic wall and an auditorium with stained glass windows depicting the seven days of creation.



Pond Mosaic


Auditorium Windows Depicting the Seven Days of Creation


Stained Glass in the Main Hall



The museum has a nice outdoor café where you can relax beneath the olives trees.



Chagall Museum Café


Marc Chagall died in 1985 and is buried in the cemetery of a nearby hill town, St-Paul-de-Vence.



St-Paul-de-Vence

St-Paul-de-Vence Cemetery and Marc Chagall's Grave (far right)


Marc Chagall's Grave



For up-to-date information on visiting the museum, check the Musée national Marc Chagall web site.

2 comments:

  1. Now you have me racking my brain to remember where I saw one of his stained glass windows.

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    1. I've read that Chagall did stained glass windows at the cathedrals in Metz and Reims.

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