July 6, 1887 is the birthdate of the artist who considered his work, “not the dream of one people but all of humanity.”
Marc Chagall lived and breathed his Jewish faith. The eldest of nine children, his parents worked hard to support them.
Throughout his life, Chagall had two reputations as an artist; one as a modernist artist who worked in many mediums and ignored the rules of his time, the other as a Jewish artist. He payed homage to his hard working father and to his small hometown, Vitebsk, using lots of Jewish imagery. Through all his struggles and hardships, Marc Chagall remained positive. In his own words:
If all life moves inevitably towards its end, then we must, during our own, colour it with our colours of love and hope.