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Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle
March 1, 2011 - July 10, 2011
Paris Through the Window (Paris par la fenêtre)
Paris Through the Window, 1913
Marc Chagall, French (born Belorussia), 1887 - 1985
Oil on canvas, 53 1/2 x 55 3/4 inches (135.8 x 141.4 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.438. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle
March 1, 2011 - July 10, 2011

 Free After Museum Admission

As a symbol of culture, freedom, and modernity, the city of Paris held a magnetic attraction for artists from around the globe during the early decades of the twentieth century. Most painters and sculptors, as well as poets and writers, settled in a vibrant area of Paris known as Montparnasse, which was sprinkled with art galleries, artists’ residences, and cafés. It was here that Alexander Archipenko, Marc Chagall, Moïse Kisling, Moïse Kogan, Jacques Lipchitz, Louis Marcoussis, Amedeo Modigliani, Chana Orloff, Jules Pascin, Chaim Soutine, and Ossip Zadkine established studios and discovered each other’s work.

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This exhibition includes more than 70 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by these émigré artists and their French colleagues, all of which were created in a unique atmosphere of mutual encouragement and support in Paris during the early decades of the twentieth century. Interwoven throughout is the story of Chagall’s formative years in the French capital during the 1910s, his return to Russia during World War I and the rise of the Russian Revolution, and the artist’s triumphant return to Paris in the 1920s as a leading figure of the city’s thriving avant-garde.


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Organizers and Support

This exhibition was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is presented in conjunction with the first annual Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), inspired by the Kimmel Center, on the theme of “Paris: 1910-1920.

The exhibition is funded in part by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Additional support is proudly provided by Bruce and Robbi Toll and by


Michael Taylor • The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art


Exhibition Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building