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Chagall, Master of Colour



Wednesday 22nd June


2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, guided tour followed by champagne reception

at Stern Pissarro Gallery, 66 St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1NE.

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Wednesday 22nd June 2016

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

tour 1 hour by David Stern, Leila Pissarro, great-granddaughter of Camille Pissarro will be with us, followed by drink reception (optional)



Stern Pissarro Gallery, 66 St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1NE



Stern Pissarro Gallery is co-owned by David Stern and Lélia Pissarro, great-granddaughter of Camille Pissarro. The gallery specialises in late 19th and 20th century European painting, including Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, School of Paris, French Post-War, Modern and contemporary works. Based in London’s Mayfair art district, Stern Pissarro Gallery occupies a unique position in the global art scene, representing five generations of work by the Pissarro family, including Camille Pissarro and his five sons, followed by third, fourth and fifth generations.


Under the expertise of Lelia Pissarro and David Stern, Stern Pissarro Gallery responds to enquiries related to Pissarro artists, including Georges Manzana, Félix, Ludovic-Rodo, Paulémile, H. Claude and Hugues Pissarro dit Pomié.




Mayfair’s Stern Pissarro Gallery will host a major Marc Chagall exhibition from 16 June – 16 July 2016. The exhibition will include over forty oil paintings and works on paper.


Learning that 24 Chagalls were being stored in a bank vault in Switzerland, the owners of the gallery, David Stern and Lélia Pissarro, decided to trace down the collectors. Purchased from Marc Chagall’s son forty years ago, these pieces had remained in the same family’s vault since then, with the sole exception of being released to a 1989 Chagall exhibition at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn where they were all displayed. These pieces are particularly significant as they were preliminary works for the artist’s Verve publications that he started working on in the 1930s and after extensive work were published in 1956 and 1960 as a series of lithographs illustrating the Hebrew bible.


Chagall once stated, “It has always seemed to me, and it seems to me still, that the bible is the greatest source of poetry of all time.” In these unique pieces Chagall the painter-poet creates unorthodox biblical depictions using Eastern European interpretations as well as displaying surprising depth of emotion, allowing room for several interpretations.


According to David Stern, “This will be the last time these works will be owned by a single collector; seeing these 24 works all together should be a treat to the eye, as well as something quite rare.”
The international popularity of Chagall is connected to his love and use of colour. This exhibition focuses on how brilliant colours infuse Chagall’s canvases with a dreamlike, non-realistic simplicity. Through the use of vivid colours, Chagall transcends a pictorial language intertwined with symbolism rooted in Russian folklore, Jewish tradition and the love for his first wife and muse Bella.


Between 1937 to 1945 Chagall created a triptych to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia, titled in sequence Resistance, Resurrection, Liberation, these paintings are on permanent display at the Chagall museum in Nice. The final preparation version for Liberation will be included in the exhibition, on loan from a private collection.


This exhibition offers a unique opportunity for the London public to see works from various periods of Chagall’s extensive career covering themes of Jewish tradition and his home town of Russia.