Chagall, Marc

Born in Vitebsk, Russia in 1887, Chagall moved to Paris in 1910 where he was influenced by the Fauvists and Cubism. He went on to develop his own unique style becoming one of the major contributors to Surrealism. His primary theme has always been Jewish life and folklore in which he incorporated flower and animal symbols in unusual juxtapositions, with forms floating rather insecurely in space, his color very rich and evocative of peasant life.

In 1941 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, invited him to America where he remained until 1946. In 1961 he completed a series of stained glass windows for a synagogue near Jerusalem, followed by mosaics and tapestry for the Knesset in 1966. He also produced decorations for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the ceiling for the Paris Opera.

A skilled graphic artist, Chagall began making lithographs and etchings early in his career, earning the admiration and support of Ambroise Vollard (famous for his ability to find and develop talented artists) who commissioned and published some of his best and most beloved graphic works. Chagall died in 1985 following a career, which spanned eight decades and included the creation of more than 1,000 fine art prints.

Among his best-known works are ‘Les Ames Mortes’ by Gogol, ‘Les Fables de la Fontaine’, and ‘La Bible’.

Testimonials

As an art dealer/broker/consultant for many years, I write this recommendation for Solomon Cohen with utmost appreciation for, and confidence in, his service as a conservator of fine art and for his acumen as an appraiser.

My experience working with Mr. Cohen encompasses approximately eight (8) years now. He has performed every challenge I brought to him with absolute professionalism, courtesy, timeliness and impeccable technical skill. In addition, he is a scholar, poet, researcher, a noteworthy artist himself, and the absolute gentleman. All of these elements are incorporated into his analysis of a project, and then literally into the working situation of restoring the work to its original state and/or intent of the work of art itself.

Further, I do not hesitate to refer Mr. Cohen directly to my clients for their art requirements, either for restoration or appraisal services. He has proven to be entirely trustworthy and reliable in each situation. I am comfortable knowing that all of my clients needs are handled with the same care and excellence of service without deference to actual value.

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Miki G. Kazmarek
Gallery La Scala