Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall
Arnold Newman (American, 1918-2006)
Gelatin silver print 
Image: 9-5/8 x 7-5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of L. J. Horwich 
Accession Number:
Not on View

To pay his way through college, Arnold Newman took a job at a portrait studio in a Philadelphia department store. After taking dozens of “do-it-by-numbers portraits” (as the artist referred to them), Newman decided to “experiment with photographing people where they live or where they work, to say something about each individual.” These so-called experiments became some of the most arresting portraits of the 20th century. In his early portrayal of Marc Chagall (1887–1985), for example, Newman places the artist before a painting, carefully incorporating Chagall’s characteristically poetic imagery into the photograph and placing it on an equal standing with Chagall himself. In this way, Newman subsumes the painter’s features, tousled hair and intense, almost skeptical gaze into the fabric of the canvas behind him.

Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via email. Requests can also be made by fax or mail.

Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.

Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.

Please fill our our Online Reproduction Request Form or download the Application for Reproduction Permission PDF Form and submit it to the Office of Rights and Reproductions.

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (626) 449-6840 x 3300
Fax: (626) 796-4978