Marc Chagall, the 92-year-old modernist painter who said goodbye to his Russian homeland nearly sixty years ago, made one of his rare public appearances on Friday (4 July).
GV PAN Museum building in Nice
SV INTERIOR Chagall's paintings
SV Marc Chagall escorted into museum and greeted by friends
SV Chagall being escorted around museum
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Name of Chagall on painting of angels
CU Chagall looking at wood carvings (2 shots)
CU Chagall walking hand in hand with friend and looking at exhibits (4 shots)
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Background: Marc Chagall, the 92-year-old modernist painter who said goodbye to his Russian homeland nearly sixty years ago, made one of his rare public appearances on Friday (4 July). Accompanied by his wife, Vava, he visited the museum in Nice which is dedicated to his work.
SYNOPSIS: Chagall, who will be 93 next month, attended the opening of the museum three years ago, but this was his first real opportunity to see the many examples of his work on display. Marc Chagall is one of artists but for over forty years of his work in the Soviet Union. Chagall's swirling, colourful, often Old Testament-inspired creations clashed with the official artistic concept of socialist realism.
Chagall left Vitebsk in the Soviet Union in 1910 and came a French citizen thirty years ago. In 1977, to mark his 90th birthday, he received the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour He also became only the third contemporary artist to be honoured with an exhibition at the Louvre during his lifetime.
When marc Chagall arrived in Paris for the first time he was impressed by the architectural strength of Cubist painting. But the brilliant colour and the effusive warmth of Vincent Van Gogh and Gauguin were more compatible with his temperament. Under their influence this great artist of our time developed rapidly as a colourist.