„What we've been unable to shout out to the world”
On March 28th, 1985, Marc Chagall, the Russian-French painter, illustrator and graphic artist of Jewish origin, died in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in Provence. He was 97. Photographs of his works from the early 20th century can be viewed on the DELET website.
Marc Chagall was born Moishe Segal on July 7th, 1887 in Vitebsk, western Russia (today Belarus). His surname comes from the word segal, which means a leader of the levites, or chief servant of a synagogue. He was one of eight children of a fish trader and a saleswoman. At the time, some 20,000 Jews lived in Vitebsk and most of the city’s buildings, including many churches and synagogues, were made from wood.