Born 1887, Vitebsk, Belarus
Died 1985, Saint Paul de Vence, France
1890s Shows interest in art very early on in life. His mother helps him gain acceptance to a St. Petersburg art school.
1900s Returns to Vitebsk and becomes engaged to Bella Rosenfeld.
1910 Leaves for Paris. In Paris, he was a tenant at La Ruche, and met many artists including Amedeo Modigliani. His influences range from the Fauves, Cubism, Robert Delaunay, and the Luminists of the Section D’Or.
1914 Returns to Vitebsk at the start of World War One.
1915 Marries Bella Rosenfeld.
1917 Is appointed provincial Commissar for Fine Art and becomes involved in projects for a local academy.
1919 Leaves his appointment as Commissar to escape Kazimir Malevich’s revolutionary dictates. Stays in Moscow during this time, where he works in a Jewish theatre.
1920s Moves to Berlin, where he learns the technique of engraving.
1923 Returns to Paris. Works for the publisher Ambroise Volard and illustrates Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls, Jean de La Fontaine’s Fables, and the Bible.
1941-1948 Flees in exile to New York, where he experiments with Surrealism.
1950s Returns to France, where he discovers ceramics, sculpture and stained glass. Settles in Vence in the South of France in 1950.
1957 Commissioned for the Assy baptistery.
1960 Commissioned for the cathedrals of Metz and the Hebrew University Medical Centre synagogue in Jerusalem.
1963 Commissioned for the Paris Opera.
1966 Moves to Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
1973 The inauguration of The Musée Chagall in Nice takes place, sealing Chagall's fame.