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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit looks at Marc Chagall's life in Paris

A visitor views the exhibit "Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle," including Chagall's painting, "Paris Through the Window," at the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art. A visitor views the exhibit "Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle," including Chagall's painting, "Paris Through the Window," at the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art. AP PHOTO: MATT ROURKE

Anew exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is taking a fresh look at the influence that Paris had on Marc Chagall and his fellow modernists from 1910 to 1920.

The show, "Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle," is being presented in conjunction with an international arts festival in Philadelphia that opens in April.

The exhibition "represents the Museum's contribution to this festival and will focus on the powerful influence that Paris had on Chagall and his contemporaries," museum director Timothy Rub said.

The show, located in the museum's Perelman annex, includes roughly 40 paintings and sculptures culled mainly from the museum's own collection but reconfigured in a new way. Other featured artists include Chaim Soutine, Amedeo Modigliani and Jacques Lipschitz.

Curator Michael Taylor said the show provides visitors with "a unique opportunity to reconsider the cross-fertilization that took place" when Chagall and his contemporaries lived and worked in Paris.

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