Marc Chagall, an orthodox Jew, was born in Vitebsk, Russia on the 7th of July 1887 as Moshe Segal. He was the eldest of 9 children. At the age of 18 Chagall started at the art school of the painter Yehuda Pen, but left after 2 months to work as a re-toucher for a Vitebsk photographer. In 1909 he studied with Leon Bakst - the Russian painter, who revolutionised theatrical costume and set design. Bakst crucially, taught him to use colour as a basic element of his work. In 1910 Chagall moved to Paris, where he changed his name to...
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