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  • Autoportrait aux sept doigts, 1912-1913.

    Autoportrait aux sept doigts, 1912-1913.

    Marc Chagall

    Grand Palais
    3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
    March 14–June 23, 2003

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    151 Third Street
    July 26–November 4, 2003

    The art of Marc Chagall (1887–1985) isn’t all bright colors and fiddlers on the roof. His pre–1910 Russian works, with their shtetl imagery of women giving birth, look ever more raw and bracing, and his 1920 murals for the State Jewish Chamber Theater in Moscow, first seen ten years ago, reveal him to be a lean, mean designer with a mordant wit. Now the biblical paintings from the late ’30s to the ’60s shed new light on the apocalypse of World War II, not to mention the advent of AbEx. As curated by Jean-Michel Foray, director of the Musée Nationale Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice (one of the great late-moderne Riviera pit stops), the show should further strengthen the case for Chagall as it integrates these rediscoveries.