Chagall

Derek Jacobi reads from Jackie Wullschlager's new biography of Marc Chagall.

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012008102720100816 (BBC7)
20110822 (BBC7)
20120513 (BBC7)

Chagall was born on the poor side of the Russian provincial town of Vitebsk, a place he transformed in his painting into a vision of beauty and harmony.

Biography of artist Marc Chagall, beginning with his childhood in Vitebsk.

Derek Jacobi reads from Jackie Wullschlager's biography and tells of the artist's childhood in Vitebsk.

Relating the artist's childhood in Vitebsk.

Read by Derek Jacobi.

(01/05)

Derek Jacobi reads from Jackie Wullschlager's biography of artist Marc Chagall, beginning with his childhood in Vitebsk.

022008102820100817 (BBC7)
20110823 (BBC7)
20120520 (BBC7)

Inspired by the drawing of a school friend, Chagall persuades his mother to let him enrol in the only art school in town.

Young Marc Chagall travels to St Petersburg to study art - illegally.

Derek Jacobi reads Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

Derek Jacobi reads from Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

The young painter travels to St Petersburg to study art - illegally.

Young Marc Chagall travels to St Petersburg to study art - illegally. Derek Jacobi reads Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

032008102920100818 (BBC7)
20110824 (BBC7)
20120527 (BBC7)

Returning home from his studies in St Petersburg in 1909, Chagall meets Bella Rosenfeld, the woman who would become his wife and muse.

Painter Marc Chagall meets future wife, Bella, and his mentor, Leon Bakst.

Derek Jacobi reads Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

Derek Jacobi reads from Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

The painter meets his future wife, Bella, and his mentor, Leon Bakst.

The artist meets his future wife Bella and his mentor Leon Bakst, and travels to Paris.

The artist meets his future wife Bella and his mentor Leon Bakst, and travels to Paris. Biography read by Derek Jacobi.

042008103020100819 (BBC7)
20110825 (BBC7)

Chagall arrives in Paris at the most exciting of times - just as the Cubists hold their first exhibition.

Artist Marc Chagall makes his big breakthrough - thanks to the Germans.

Derek Jacobi continues Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

Derek Jacobi continues Jackie Wullschlager's biography: the artist finally makes his big breakthrough - thanks to the Germans.

The artist finally makes his big breakthrough - thanks to the Germans.

05 LAST2008103120100820 (BBC7)
20110826 (BBC7)

Having made his name in France and Germany, Chagall returns to Russia for a holiday.

A week later, the First World War breaks out and he is cut off from all that he has worked so hard to achieve.

Marc Chagall welcomes the Revolution, but then the repression starts.

Derek Jacobi concludes Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

Derek Jacobi reads Jackie Wullschlager's biography.

At first the artist welcomes the Revolution, but then the repression starts.