Marc Chagall, The Calling of Ezekiel from Etchings for the Bible series, 1956, print, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
Marc Chagall (1887−1985) was born in the predominantly Jewish city of Vitebsk, Russia. He moved to Paris in 1910 and became an early modernist but he remained an anomaly. In an age of war, when faith and religion were in decline and modernism, science and technology were ascending, Chagall was painting poetic village scenes and illustrating Bibles with lyrical images. He was interested in the external world, but seen through the lens of dream and imagination.