Marc Chagall stained-glass windows
Great artist, Marc Chagall lived for nearly one hundred years, 80 of which he had spent creating a fantastic world full of biblical legends, people and things around him. It is a story interspersed with reality, past and present. Chagall charmed all with his beautiful poetic works, soft and fabulous images. Since the late 1950s, Chagall has made a lot of stained-glass windows for Catholic churches, Lutheran churches, synagogues and other public buildings in France, Italy, USA, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The original stained glass windows, the works of Marc Chagall, are perhaps the most impressive part of the cathedral in Zurich Fraumuenster .. Five windows, the size of a meter wide and ten in length, strike with their radiant color – a bright, saturated, not customary for the eyes, it seems unearthly. As always, it is Chagall’s recognizable colors – deep blue, ruby red, emerald green, red. If you look at the spiral, you can read the history of Christianity, from the Old to the New Testament, from the window of the Prophet, further – window of the Law, then Jacob and Zion, the composition is finished with the window of Jesus.
Usually, Chagall finished work on the windows in person, often working for several months in the studio of Reims.
One of the most famous works by Chagall in Israel are the stained glass windows in the synagogue of the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem suburb of Ein Karem. The synagogue is visited not only by believers, patients, but also by ordinary people who want to see one of the timeless works of the great masters.
Sketches for stained-glass windows were Chagall’s paintings. Glass was performed manually at a specialized factory in La Vereri de Saint-Jus-sur-Loire, in accordance with the instructions of Chagall on color. For the manufacture of colored glass used acid and a double layer of paint, and thus was achieved the subtle color shades and gradations. This gave to the stained glass windows by Chagall unique identity and liveliness.
Synagogue stained glass windows
Located in the Judean hills west of Jerusalem synagogue was built in the shape of a rectangle. For its coverage (both physical and spiritual) were made 12 windows filled with stained glass. Each of the stained glass featured one of the four primary colors – blue, red, green and yellow with different shades.
Chagall imagined synagogue as the “crown” crowning “Jewish kingdom,” the window – like precious stones translucent flame
Chagall created his own world, where intricately entwined biblical legends, fairy tales and characters of everyday objects, seen by the artist in a new dimension. And in this dimension there is a sustainable balance of the two worlds, created by Chagall – the real and the imaginary, with a balance of color contrasts, exciting consciousness, shifting logic and visual representations.
Marc Chagall Stained-glass windows