Marc Chagall was born Moises Shagalov in 1887 in the Russian town of Vitsyebsk. The oldest of nine children in a poor Hassidic Jewish family, Chagall showed talent at a very early age. In 1907, at the age of 20, he was sent to St. Petersburg to study art and develop his skills.
Chagall: On the Move
After his initial training, Chagall moved to Paris in 1910. Here, he was exposed to a far greater variety of artistic styles than he had ever seen before. Paris was an art mecca at the time, and Chagall was quickly introduced to Surrealism, Cubism and Fauvism. Chagall produced some of his most well-known works during his time in Paris, although he would soon leave the city and return to Russia.
In 1914, Chagall moved back to Russia, where he supported the revol(more)...