Marc Chagall was asked by pastor Peter Vogelsanger in 1967 for the design of the windows after a design competition in the Frauenkirche with Swiss artists had failed. Vogelsanger's attention was drawn to his first versions of the panes for the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, which he exhibited in Zurich in 1967. For Chagall, the Frauenkirche was something like love at first sight. In any case, half a year later the artist in Zurich was already at work. The world-famous painter received just 150,000 francs for his work, which was donated by the couple of building contractors Lou and Heinrich Hatt-Bucher.
For the choir of the Zurich women’s cathedral, the Belarusian Marc Chagall created a five-part window cycle and a rosette. Chagall's world-famous masterpiece enchants visitors from all over the world today. Marc Chagall remained true to his motto, if I work from the heart, almost everything will stay true to his life.
In an interview with Swiss television, Marc Chagall said about the Zurich glass paintings: “He do what he does. You can't explain the creative process of his works. ” Instead, visitors should be touched by the spirituality of the sacred space and its glass paintings and not be distracted.
July 12, 2020
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