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of Art Opening Marc Chagall:
The Bible Series Exhibition
Released: January 14, 2004
Bella Meyer, Art Historian
and granddaughter of Marc Chagall to speak at opening of Bible
January 22 – March 21
The Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University will open the
Marc Chagall: The Bible Series exhibition Thursday,
January 22 at 6 p.m. with a lecture by Bella Meyer, art historian
and granddaughter of Marc Chagall. The lecture will take
place at the Helfaer Theatre on Marquette University campus.
Meyer earned her doctorate in Medieval art at the Sorbonne in
Paris and lectures worldwide on the work of her grandfather.
In this talk, “Chagall and the Bible” she will focus on the
Bible Series and also share memories of Chagall and reflect
on the impact of his art and personality. Meyer works
in New York and Paris and is head of Chagall affairs in the
United States. This event is free and open to the public.
A reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Museum.
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
loans Chagall Tapestry for Bible Series exhibition
The Haggerty Museum
will display the Chagall tapestry, “The Prophet Jeremiah,” as
part of the Marc Chagall: The Bible Series exhibition.
The 14 by 19 foot tapestry is being loaned to the Haggerty
Museum for the exhibition by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
“The Haggerty Museum of Art is pleased
to partner with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in exhibiting
this tapestry alongside Chagall's Bible Series,” said museum
director Curtis L. Carter.
In 1972, Chagall produced a gouache
for The Prophet Jeremiah . Tapestry Weaver Yvette
Cauquil-Prince translated this watercolor painting into a cartoon,
or full-scale rendering, on the warp threads of a loom. The
tapestry was commissioned by Evan Helfaer for the Evan and Marion
Helfaer Community Service Building and was manufactured by Turkish
and Moroccan weavers. It took them eight months to produce the
tapestry which became the first large-scale Chagall weaving
in the United States.
In the early 1960s, Marc Chagall had
several of his designs reproduced as tapestries. He designed
three tapestries for the Great Hall of the Knesset (Isreali
Parliament) and one for the Musée National Message Biblique
Marc Chagall. These tapestries were manufactured by Gobelins
studios in France. In 1964, Chagall met Yvette Cauquil-Prince.
The two artists immediately began collaborating on large-scale
tapestries. They produced 29 tapestries over a 20 years period.
Belgium-born artist, Yvette Cauquil-Prince produced more than
80 tapestries for major twentieth-century artists. She studied
painting in Paris before training as a tapestry weaver. In 1959,
she opened a studio in Paris where she developed new techniques
and directed an increasingly large group of weavers. Between
1959 and 1961, she worked primarily with Asger Jorn and Pierre
Wemaëre. She also produced tapestries for Alexander Calder,
Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Wassily Kandinsky, Roberto Matta,
Niki de Saint-Phalle, Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso.
Marc Chagall: The Bible Series
The exhibition will consist of the Museum's
entire collection of 105 hand-colored etchings illustrating
the Bible bequeathed to the Haggerty Museum in 1980 by Patrick
and Beatrice Haggerty. The Bible prints show Chagall's fluid
forms, dreamlike sense of space and unique style. In his choice
of subject matter, Chagall reveals his reading of the Old Testament
in its moments of triumph, sorrow, and prophecy.
Chagall was commissioned to do the series in 1930 by Parisian
art dealer Ambroise Vollard. Chagall spent three months
in Palestine where he made the gouaches which served as models
for the works. He completed 66 of the plates by 1939
during Hitler's rise to power, returning to the project 13 years
later after the Holocaust. He completed the series in 1956.
Chagall demonstrates his preoccupation with human interaction
with God in his depiction of passages from the Old Testament.
Chagall's “Bible Series” represents the artist's reflections
on major human themes from the Old Testament and their implications
for modern times,” said Curtis L. Carter, director of the Haggerty
Museum of Art.
Chagall's Bible images often focus on the complex relationship
between God and man. Men are called by God to perform great
acts, but remain very human, capable of weakness, doubt, deception,
lust, and treachery. Jacob, father of the twelve tribes of Israel,
deceives his father, Isaac, in order to receive a blessing in
place of his brother. Joseph is sold into slavery by his jealous
brothers. David lusts after Bathsheba, subsequently sending
an innocent man to his death.
Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is widely
regarded as one of the great artists of the twentieth century.
He created a body of work which includes paintings, prints,
theater sets and costumes, murals, and stained-glass windows.
Chagall was born in the small Russian town of Vitebsk. He studied
art in St. Petersburg and in Paris. After the Russian Revolution,
he became head of the Vitebsk art school and later theatrical
designer for the Jewish State Theater in Moscow. Chagall traveled
widely and lived in Germany, France, and the United States.
He became a French citizen in 1937 and settled permanently in
France in 1948.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Marquette
University Women's Council Endowment Fund, the Edward D. Simmons
Religious Commitment Fund, Marquette University and the Wisconsin
The Haggerty Museum of Art is located at North 13 th St. and
West Clybourn Avenue on the campus of Marquette University.
Museum hours are Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday, 10 am-4:30
p.m.; Thursday, 10 am-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.. Free
parking is available in the Mary B. Finnigan Parking Lot (enter
on 11th St. through Marquette Lot J). For more information on
the exhibition or the Haggerty
Museum, call (414) 288-1669.