Illustration by Maria Manhattan
Marc Chagall was born on July 7, 1887 in Vitebsk, Belorussia, as one of eight children in a Jewish family. His given name was not Marc, but Moses. As a young man, Chagall attended art school in St. Petersburg and went to Paris in 1910, where he was exposed to avant- garde artists and developed a highly imaginative style, expressing and illustrating Yiddish folk tales and Bible stories. Marc Chagall is best known for his colorful lithographs, book illustrations, paintings and stained glass windows for Roman-Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues.