Marc Chagall, Couple above Saint Paul (1968). Credit: ADAGP Paris

Presenting a hitherto unexplored dimension of the work of the artist Marc Chagall, the exhibition Chagall: Du noir et blanc à la couleur at the Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence looks into how the celebrated master of colour developed his particularly luminous palette through a ceaseless exercise of artistic renewal.

For Chagall, the path into colour began in the 1920s, learning engraving in Berlin and later illustrating Les Fables de La Fontaine. His experiences during his exile in New York and Mexico during the Second World War would have a strong influence on his future work. Upon his return to France, an emboldened Chagall went bigger, brighter, and more engaged than ever before. This exhibition is devoted to this second part of his career, from 1948 until his death in 1985, following each step along his path to unrivalled eminence as a colourist, including his continued exploration of the depths of black and white.

Through more than 100 works, from black-ink line drawings to major paintings and sculptures, the curators invite us to pay close attention to the incredibly wide choices of media and techniques that gave rise to Chagall’s intensely colourful dreamscapes and the consolidation of his particular language of symbols.

November 1, 2018 to March 24, 2019. www.caumont-centredart.com

From France Today magazine

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