Happy Birthday Marc Chagall!! French born Marc Chagall is a well known Russian Expressionist painter, born in 1887. He attended a minor art school and also worked as a sign painter. Like many other artists of his time, Marc Chagall was drawn to Paris in the early 1900’s where he was influenced by Cubism. He was Commissioner of Fine Arts in Russia and founded an Academy. He returned to Paris in 1923 with his imaginative style in place. His forms are rooted in dreams and fantasy, with rich, vibrant colors. Russian villages, love and later religion seem to be his inspiration. Chagall was a great influence to the Surrealists to follow. He traveled to the US, where he remained for the remainder of his life.