National Museum of Warsaw puts Chagall acquisitions on public display

At a press conference on Monday Glinski said Chagall was a "unique artist" in the history of art, and added that "we are trying to take care of museums all over Poland in a sustainable way," Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

The National Museum in Warsaw has unveiled to the public for the first time a collection of works by renowned artist Marc Chagall.

The 14 pictures, which are from the later period in Chagall’s life, were purchased for the museum as part of a policy, according to Piotr Glinski, the culture minister, to enrich the collections of Polish museums.

At a press conference on Monday Glinski said Chagall was a "unique artist" in the history of art, and added that "we are trying to take care of museums all over Poland in a sustainable way,"

Chagall was born in 1887 into a Russian Hasidic family in Lozno near Vitebsk, Belarus. He was a leading representative of cubism and internationalism in painting.

In his later works, he repeatedly referred to childhood and memories from his youth spent in the borderlands of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.=

In 1910, Chagall left for Paris, where he became associated with the milieu of avant-garde artists in the Montparnasse district. In 1914, Chagall exhibited his works at the Der Sturm gallery in Berlin. In the same year he returned to Russia, where he stayed until 1922.

He moved to Berlin in the 1920's, and then to France, where he settled permanently. In 1941 he left for the USA, where he lived throughout the war years.

After returning to France, his style changed and he departed from geometric forms, his later works included stained glass and wall paintings. In addition, he created sets and costumes, sculptural pieces, ceramics, and lithography.

Chagall died in 1985 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.