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America Windows

Blue stained glass windows depicting angels, musicians, trees.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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Marc Chagall
Born Vitebsk (formerly Russian Empire, now Belarus), 1887; died Saint-Paul, France, 1985

About this artwork

Marc Chagall made America Windows to celebrate the US Bicentennial and presented them as a gift to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977. The windows merge symbols of US history, the Chicago skyline, and the arts; read from left to right, the panels represent music, painting, literature, architecture, theater, and dance.

Best known as a painter, Chagall had been working in stained glass for several decades by the 1970s. He was drawn to the medium as a way to explore intense color on a monumental scale. Working with stained-glass maker Charles Marq, Chagall executed 86 windows across Europe, Israel, and the United States.


On View, Gallery 144


Modern Art


Marc Chagall


America Windows


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Stained glass


Signed, each pair, l.r.: "MArc ChAgAll/Reims/1977"


96 × 385 in. (244 × 978 cm) (overall)

Credit Line

A gift of Marc Chagall, the City of Chicago, and the Auxiliary Board of The Art Institute of Chicago, commemorating the American Bicentennial in memory of Mayor Richard J. Daley

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© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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