Feb 14, 2017

Marc Chagall, New York

Marc Chagall, New York

1941 (printed later)

Roman Vishniac

(American, 1897–1997)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 30.7 x 25.9 cm (12 1/16 x 10 3/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn 2017.50



Born and raised in Russia, Vishniac moved to Germany after the revolution. A Jew, he moved to France to escape the Nazis, and in 1940 immigrated to New York where he began to do portrait work to earn a living. In 1941 he photographed the acclaimed Russian Jewish painter Marc Chagall who, like Vishniac, had recently arrived in New York fleeing the Nazis.

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