Chagall - From black and white to colour
Culturespaces is presenting an exhibition that sheds light on an unexplored dimension of Marc Chagall, who was celebrated as a master of colour by the artists and critics of his day. The exhibition, which is devoted to the last part of the artist’s career, highlights his change of style and reveals each stage in the artist’s creative process, from 1948 until his death in 1985.
130 works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, washes, gouaches, collages and ceramics) reflect Chagall’s exploration of black and white and his subsequent mastery of particularly luminous, intense, and profound tints.
A renewed and unique approach to working with colour
In Chagall’s work, the dialogue between black and white and colour began in the 1920s, when he discovered the techniques of engraving in Berlin. In the 1920s and 1930s, Ambroise Vollard commissioned him to illustrate Fables de La Fontaine and the Bible. The artist captured the range of colours in the landscapes of the Auvergne and Palestine to make colored gouaches in order to master the density and various shades of black.
When he returned to France at the end of 1947, after his exile in America, Chagall’s oeuvre was enriched by the various artistic explorations and experiences in Mexico and New York, which infused his plastic and monumental oeuvre with a new dimension. Ever in tune with the times, Chagall adopted a bold artistic approach, in which the study of volume led him to explore the world of light, shade, materials, and the transparency of black and white. The study of the chromatic and luminous subtleties of black and white resulted in the use of intense and bright colours that gave his pictorial oeuvre a completely new dimension.
A range of techniques used in his work
In a wide range of works—China ink washes, sculptures in white marble, plaster, and bronze, and ceramics— Chagall’s visual world evolved towards a highly colourful palette.
All the materials used by the artist will enable the visitor to rediscover the world of the painter, draughtsman, sculptor and ceramist through his exploration of colour, fed by the use of black and white, at the Hôtel de Caumont as of 1 November 2018.