Where to See Chagall Works in France

July 2, 2010

Jubliant colors with childlike, even primitive figures describe the work of Marc Chagall who moved to France from Belarus in 1887. Spiritual themes as well as childhood memories of his Jewish heritage inspired his work. The result was fantastical, buoyant images mixed with depictions of real life.

Travelers to France have a number of places to view Chagall's work.

Palais Garnier
Metro: Opera

In 1963, Chagall was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Palais Garnier (Paris Opera). From the start and before it was even completed, the very idea of Chagall painting the Paris Opera ceiling was met with stiff critisism. Still the critisim eventually turned to acclaim once his ceiling was unveiled.

Measuring nearly 2,400 square feet (220 sq. meters) and requiring more than 400 pounds of paint, Chagall?s work celebrates composers Mozart, Ravel, Wagner, Berlioz, Mussorgsky, and dancers.

Biblical Message Museum (Mus?e National Message Biblique Marc Chagall)
Boulevard de Cimiez, near the Matisse Museum
Bus stop: Mus?e Chagall in Nice, France

Large canvases depticting biblical themes, are housed at the Mus?e National Message Biblique Marc Chagall, which was built especially for these works. It opened in 1973, on Chagall's birthday. Also on display are sculptures, sketches, stained-glass windows, and tapestries.

Cath?drale Saint-?tienne de Metz
Moselle, France

Marc Chagall designed three stained glass windows for the 13th century cathedral with scenes of the the Old Testament.

Notre-Dame de Reims
Reims, France in the Champagne region

Windows by Chagall are installed at Notre Dame de Reims, the church where French monarchs were once crowned.

C?ret Museum of Modern Art
Bd Mar?chal Joffre
C?ret - France near the border of Spain

Nine rooms of the museum are dedicated to the work of Chagall, many pieces donated by the artist himself.

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