Marc Chagall, ‘Die Zauberflote/Metropolitan Opera’, 1966, Rennert’s Gallery

"The Magic Flute" has just concluded its 2017 run at the Met; but you can keep Mozart's triumphant tale of love alive with Marc Chagall's rapturous poster for the Met's 1967 production. Chagall created the sets and costumes, so it's no surprise he would create the poster, as well. It borrows a detail from "The Triumph of Music," one of two large murals that flank the entrance to Lincoln Center. A native of Vitebsk, Russia, Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910 and soon made a name for himself in art circles with his surreal, poetic dreamvisions. The "welter of color" Chagall splashed onto the Met's stages received mixed reviews, but his visual interpretation of Mozart's final, joyous opera influenced the Met's stagings through the 1981-82 season.

Publisher: Imp Mourlot, France

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