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In Paris exhibit, see the 20th century according to Chagall

The Associated Press

PARIS — A new exhibit in Paris tries to show the painter Marc Chagall as a historian of the 20th century.

Through rich, colorful allegories of the two world wars, the Russian Revolution and his experience as a Jew fleeing Nazi Europe, Chagall’s paintings are presented as a witness account of the turbulent 20th century.

Images of pogroms, Russian soldiers, war and Jewish persecution are juxtaposed with Judeo-Christian iconography.

Chagall was born in Russia in 1887, traveled widely and died in France in 1985.

Curator Julia Garimorth-Foray says Chagall witnessed the barbaric acts of the time “and reacts in an engaged way.”

“Chagall between War and Peace” runs until July 21 at Paris’ Musee de Luxembourg.

Remy de la Mauviniere / AP
Visitors view a triptych by Russian artist Marc Chagall before the opening of the exhibition “Chagall, between War and Peace,” at the Luxembourg museum in Paris.

Remy de la Mauviniere / AP
A visitor looks at “1945, Autour d'Elle,” a painting by Marc Chagall.


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