September 23th, 1964 - Chagall's Ceiling is unveiled.
Russian-born painter Marc Chagall executed many impressive public works in his later years, such as his stained glass memorial window to Dag Hammarskjöld in the UN building. On September 23, 1964, the Paris Opera House unveiled a stunning new ceiling painted as a gift to France by Chagall, who spent much of his life there. Flamboyant colors and lyrical dreamlike figures also marked a later exposition of mosaics by Chagall in Cairo, Egypt. Much like Picasso and Cassals, Chagall continued to work vigorously and vibrantly until his death at the age of 97. His Russian soul and Jewish heritage stirred a love for peasant and biblical themes. Art, he claimed, must be an expression of love or it is nothing.