Chagall & Winnipeg

Marc Chagall, Ferdinand Eckhardt, Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, and Vava Chagall in Vence, France, 1959


In conjunction with Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé, this focus exhibit tells the little-known tale of friendship that developed between Chagall and former WAG Director, Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt, through a series of letters, photographs, and artworks.

In the 1920s, Eckhardt’s future wife, the German composer Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, and her first husband, German Expressionist artist Walter Gramatté, became close friends with Chagall’s future wife, Valentina Brodsky, in Berlin. Later that decade Gramatté completed a haunting portrait of “Vava,” as Brodsky was known.

Eckhardt was introduced to Brodsky through Sophie-Carmen, whom he married in 1934 following the death of Gramatté. Even after they settled in Canada, the Eckhardts maintained close contact with Brodsky, who married Chagall in 1952. The Eckhardts eventually befriended Chagall himself and visited the artist at his home in southern France on several occasions in the late-1950s and 1960s.

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