Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE C: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Message of Odysseus [design sketch for a mosaic]
Image View:
Detail, Odysseus and Circe
Creator:
Marc Chagall (Belorussian painter, 1887-1985)
Location:
exhibition: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Location Note:
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest; Chagall: Colour and Music (Exhibition, January 28 to June 11, 2017)
GPS:
45.4987-73.5801
Date:
1967-1968 (creation)
Cultural Context:
French
Style Period:
Twentieth century
Work Type 1:
painting (visual work)
Work Type 2:
cartoon (working drawing)
Classification:
Paintings
Material:
graphite; ink; watercolor; gouache; paper collage on paper
Technique:
collage (technique); drawing (image-making); painting and painting techniques
Measurements:
3 m (height) x 10.97 m (width, finished mosaic)
Subjects:
literary or legendary; mythology (Classical); Homer. Odyssey; folkloric; dreamlike
Description:
In January 1967, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Nice requested Chagall make a wall mosaic (the finished mosaic is 3.00 x 10.97 m). The Dean suggested the theme of "Odysseus, Mediterranean hero of wisdom," referring to the essays by Gabriel Andisio, published in 1945. The depicted scenes exemplify overcoming all temptations and cruelties by virtue, courage, and wisdom, and the final triumph of humanity, freedom, and peace. (Source: Chagall Museum [website]; http://en.musees-nat ionaux-alpesmaritime s.fr/chagall/)
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module C: World Art
Identifier:
7A1-CHAGALL-TMOO-D-A 10
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Message of Odysseus [design sketch for a mosaic]