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Four new works by Chagall for his museum...

Four remarkable and rare works by the artist entered the collections of the Marc Chagall National Museum in 2023 on the occasion of the museum's 50th anniversary. These works complete the museum's collection, created by Marc Chagall, with the 560 works which constitute the donations of the Biblical Message in 1966 and 1972.

The collection now consists of nearly 1,000 pieces, making it one of the most important public collections of Chagall's works in the world.

The exhibition which highlights them takes place until May 13.


Marc Chagall, Le Cavalier mexicain en rouge et son cheval violet (1943), gouache, pastel, encre de Chine et grattage sur papier, 50,6 x 37,8 cm. Nouvelle acquisition, musée national Marc Chagall, Nice [MBMC 2023.2.1]. Photo: © DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2024.
Marc Chagall, Le Cavalier mexicain en rouge et son cheval violet (1943), gouache, pastel, encre de Chine et grattage sur papier, 50,6 x 37,8 cm. Nouvelle acquisition, musée national Marc Chagall, Nice [MBMC 2023.2.1]. Photo: © DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2024.

The Mexican Rider in Red and his Purple Horse (1943) belongs to the singular and rare group of Mexican gouaches and follows the Hispanic sketches made before the premiere of the ballet Aleko given in Mexico in 1942. It represents the only work of this cycle that the museum has.


Marc Chagall, La Descente de croix sur fond bleu, circa 1950. Gouache et encre sur papier, 56 x 45,7 cm. Nouvelle acquisition [MBMC 2023.1.1], musée national Marc Chagall, Nice. Photo: © DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2024.
Marc Chagall, La Descente de croix sur fond bleu, circa 1950. Gouache et encre sur papier, 56 x 45,7 cm. Nouvelle acquisition [MBMC 2023.1.1], musée national Marc Chagall, Nice. Photo: © DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2024.

Flooded by the blue color representative of post-war nocturnal scenes, the Descent from the Cross on a Blue Background (1950) is characteristic of the parallel that Chagall proposes between the figure of Christ and that of the painter, both sharing the pain of the world . Made during the Vençoise period,

The Fiddler (1957) highlights the musical and playful universe of Chagall's works during this period when he worked on large compositions around music and the circus.


Marc Chagall, Le Char d’Elie, maquette pour la mosaïque du musée national Marc Chagall (premier état ?), 1970. Gouache, aquarelle, encre de Chine et mine de plomb sur papier, 99.3 x 91.5 cm. Nouvelle acquisition [DMBMC 2023.3.1], musée national Marc Chagall, Nice. Photo: © DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2024.
Marc Chagall, Le Char d’Elie, maquette pour la mosaïque du musée national Marc Chagall (premier état ?), 1970. Gouache, aquarelle, encre de Chine et mine de plomb sur papier, 99.3 x 91.5 cm. Nouvelle acquisition [DMBMC 2023.3.1], musée national Marc Chagall, Nice. Photo: © DR / musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2024.

The Chariot of Elijah, model for the mosaic of the Marc Chagall national museum (1970) is one of the two models which present the iconographic research of the artist for

the creation of the water mirror mosaic and perfectly illuminating his creative process.


La mosaïque originale du char d'Elie, dans la cour intérieure du Musée. © Fabrice Roy
La mosaïque originale du char d'Elie, dans la cour intérieure du Musée. © Fabrice Roy

This exhibition highlights the museum's acquisition policy and displays a selection of works acquired over the years in a display presenting recurring Chagallian themes: music, dance, the representation of Christ and the prophets among others. .



De gauche à droite, le Cirque Bleu (1950-1952) - dépôt du Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris. La Danse (1950-1952) - dépôt du Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris.


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