Born into a working class Jewish family in Russia, Marc Chagall moved to Paris in 1910, where he quickly became a central figure in the School of Paris circle: a group of emigrant artists centred in Montparnasse, including Picasso, Modigliani, Soutine, Foujita, Kisling and Pascin. This group was to become one of the most important strands in French art between the two World Wars. Unhindered by any strong connection to contemporary movements such as Surrealism, this initial exposure to the Parisian avant-garde released in Chagall a creativity of unparalleled intensity and originality. Chagall’s work, whilst both complex and multi-faceted, remains steadfastly faithful to his Eastern European origins.
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