Marc Chagall The Dance and the Circus 1950

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Marc Chagall 1887–1985
The Dance and the Circus
La Dance et le cirque
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 349 x 267 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1953
Not on display

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In 1950 Chagall began work on two large murals to decorate the auditorium of the newly-opened Watergate theatre in London. 'The Dance and the Circus' and 'The Blue Circus' are studies for these murals. Chagall loved both the theatre and the circus. He had painted several other murals to decorate the Jewish State Theatre in Moscow much earlier in 1919-20. At this time, he had also been involved in a number of theatrical productions, and had designed stage sets and costumes. Later, in New York, Chagall designed sets for both the ballet and the opera, and was commissioned to paint murals to decorate the Metropolitan Opera House.

April 1997

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