Marc Chagall, ‘Paris / l’Opéra’, 1965, Rennert’s Gallery

Romeo & Juliet fly above the Arc du Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and the rooftops of a dream Paris. It's a detail from Chagall's wondrous ceiling for the Opéra Garnier, unveiled the same year, 1965. Almost all of Chagall's posters are taken from paintings and prints that were not originally created as posters, but many of them, because of their bold images and bright colors, turn out to make fine posters nonetheless.

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