Marc (Shagal) Chagall

Moshe Zakharovich (Shagal) Chagall (1887 - 1985)

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Moshe Zakharovich (Marc) Chagall formerly Shagal
Born in Liozna, near Vitebsk, Russian Empire (present-day Belarus)map
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, Francemap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jan 2010 | Last significant change: 17 Nov 2018
23:52: Cynthia (Stieger) Larson edited the Biography for Moshe Zakharovich (Shagal) Chagall (1887-1985). (NYT article about Chagall in 1933) [Thank Cynthia for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Marc Chagall was born Moishe Segal in a Jewish family in Liozna, near the city of Vitebsk (Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire) in 1887, the eldest of nine children. The family name, Shagal, is a variant of the name Segal, which in a Jewish community was usually borne by a Levitic family. His father, Khatskl (Zachar) Shagal, was employed by a herring merchant, and his mother, Feige-Ite, sold groceries from their home.

The 'New York Times' published an article about 'Marc Chagall in Moscow' on 3 Dec 1933, stating Chagall's birthplace to be, "the little Russian town of Witebak," and continuing on to describe his current hometown in 1933 as Paris. Six pictures were described in this article, which "were produced following the fiasco in Paris before the World War." [1]

See the Marc Chagall page at Wikipedia for an excellent biography.

Death and Legacy

On 28 Mar 1985, Marc Chagall died at 97 years of age in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. He was buried at Saint Paul Town Cemetery, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France in the most westerly aisle upon entering the cemetery. [2]

Marc Chagall's obituary included mention of his widow, Valentina "Vava" (Brodsky) Chagall, his previous wife, Bella Rosenfeld, his daughter Ida, and his son David. [3]


  1. Goldschmidt, Lina. "Marc Chagall in Moscow." The New York Times. New York, NY, USA. Page 16 X.
  2. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 November 2018), memorial page for Marc Chagall (7 Jul 1887–28 Mar 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3759, citing Saint Paul Town Cemetery, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  3. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 November 2018), Marc Chagall Or Segal, California, United States, 29 Mar 1985; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing , born-digital text.

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I and the Village by Marc Chagall
I and the Village by Marc Chagall

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