Marc Chagall, ‘America Celebrates Children’, 1987, Gabarron Foundation

UNICEF fortieth anniversary poster.

Based on a detail of Marc Chagall's stained-glass window at UN Headquaters. Chagall and UN staff association dedicated the window as a memorial to Dag Hammarskjold, United Nations.

Image rights: United Nations

Gabarron Foundation, New York

United Nations archives

About Marc Chagall

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role among Jewish artists, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He preferred to be considered separately from other artists, his imagery and allegory uniquely his own.

Russian-French, 1887-1985, Vitebsk, Belarus