The Russian-French artist Marc Chagall is often considered as an early modernist, working with several major artistic styles such as Cubism and Surrealism. The pastel colours of his paintings and his almost hesistant brushwork are considered to be what actually distinguishes him from other artists of the 20th century. As Picasso said: “When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour is.”
March Chagall was born Moishe Segal to a Jewish Lithuanian family in Belarus. His Hasidic roots in rural Belarus left a great impression on his artistic style, visible in his famous work I and the Village, now in MoMA New York. His childhood, Jewish heritage and deep connection to nature and animals were constant themes in his art, as Franz Meyer, Chagall biographer, explains "As cosmopolitan an artist as he would later become, his storehouse of visual imagery would never expand beyond the landscape of his childhood, with its snowy streets, wooden houses, and ubiquitous fiddlers".
Chagall’s creations went on to break auction records: His Anniversary (Birthday) was sold for $14.85 million at Sotheby’s in 1990. In October 2010, his painting Bestiaire et Musique sold for $ 4.18 million at Seoul Auction Hong Kong.