July 7, 1887 – March 28, 1985
Born in Vitebsk, Belarus
French painter, printmaker and designer associated with several major artistic styles, synthesizing elements of Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism. He is best known for his distinctive, child-like style, often centering on images from his childhood. He painted with a variety of media, such as oils, water colors, and gouaches and as an early modernist, he created works in various other artistic medium, including sets for plays and ballets, biblical etchings, and stained-glass windows. Among his most famous building decorations are the ceiling of the Opera House in Paris, murals at the New York Metropolitan Opera and a glass window at the United Nations.