• Short Summary

    A PREVIEW YESTERDAY (MONDAY) OF A NEW CEILING ON THE DOME OF THE PARIS OPERA HOUSE BY RUSSIAN-BORN PAINTER MARC CHAGALL.

  • Description

    A PREVIEW YESTERDAY (MONDAY) OF A NEW CEILING ON THE DOME OF THE PARIS OPERA HOUSE BY RUSSIAN-BORN PAINTER MARC CHAGALL. THIS SUPERBLY EXECUTED WORK WILL BE OFFICIALLY INAUGURATED TOMORROW NIGHT AT A GALA PERFORMANCE OF 'DAPHNIS AND CHLOE'.

    OFFICIALS AND ART CRITICS WHO ATTENDED YESTERDAY'S UNVEILING SAID THAT CHAGALL'S THE REAL STYLE AND BRILLIANT PRIMARY COLOURS ARE THE PERFECT SETTING FOR THE GILDED AND ROCOCO DECOR OF THE 19TH CENTURY ARCHITECT CHARLES GRENIER.

    WHEN THE PLANS FOR THE NEW CEILING, COMMISSIONED BY FRANCE'S CULTURE MINISTER, M.MALRAUX, WERE ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR MANY CRITICS FEARED IT MIGHT PROVE TO BE TOO MODERN FOR THE DECOR OF THE OPERA HOUSE AND THE MASSIVE CRYSTAL CHANDELIER.

    THE NEW WORK REPRESENTS A STUDY OF CLOUDS AND WELL KNOWN PARIS MONUMENTS INCLUDING THE OPERA HOUSE ITSELF, THE EIFFEL TOWER, AND THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE.

    THE 77-YEAR-OLD PAINTER'S EYES TWINKLED WHEN HE WAS ASKED IF THE HEIGHT OF THE OPERA DOME HAD MADE HIM DIZZY. "I HAVE NEVER BEEN UP THERE" HE REPLIED. THE ENTIRE WORK IS MOUNTED IN FOUR CANVAS SECTIONS AND WAS PAINTED ON THE GROUND AND INSTALLED AFTER COMPLETION. CHAGALL AND A TEAM OF EIGHT PAINTERS BEGAN IT LAST MARCH.

    (CHAGALL HAS ALSO BEEN ASKED TO DESIGN THE CEILING FOR THE NEW METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN NEW YORK CITY).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEL98TUWXT602KBQQVKG3PUA91
    Media URN:
    VLVAEL98TUWXT602KBQQVKG3PUA91
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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