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Chagall: Colour and Music

Chagall: Colour and Music celebrates one of the artist’s greatest sources of inspiration through 400 works ranging from paintings to puppets. An integral part of his Jewish upbringing in his native Belarus, music informed his art throughout his lifetime; even the most casual observer will notice how often musical instruments, especially violins, appear in his compositions.

Over the course of his career, Chagall executed numerous commissions related to the performing arts, including wall panels for the Jewish Theatre in Moscow, murals for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, and the vast ceiling of Paris’s Opéra Garnier, which pays tribute to 14 composers. The show offers special insight into this last work, thanks to a selection of previously unreleased preparatory sketches and a multimedia installation featuring an ultra-high- resolution scan of the painting.