Still held today, the annual Salon des Indépendants was first organized in Paris in 1884 as an unjuried showcase for avant-garde artists whose work would not gain entry into the official Salon. Cézanne, Gauguin, and Seurat were among the inaugural participants, and over the years, the list of exhibition alumni grew into a Who’s Who of groundbreaking talents: Matisse, van Gogh, Braque, Duchamp, Mondrian, Malevich…. Marc Chagall took part in three editions of the show (1912-14) while he was living in Paris in an apartment building also occupied by fellow exhibitors Alexander Archipenko, Jacques Lipchitz, and Amedeo Modigliani. Their larger circle, which would come to be known as the School of Paris, included Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Picasso, and many others.
Through a selection of rarely seen prints and drawings, Marc Chagall and Friends: The Salon des Indépendants offers a window onto this remarkable artistic community.