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Marc Chagall Buried in South of France in Non-religious Service

April 2, 1985
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Marc Chagall, the Russianborn Jewish painter, many of whose masterpieces were on Jewish themes, was buried today at Saint Paul De Vence, the village in the south of France where he lived and worked for the past 20 years. He died last Thursday at the age of 97.

There were no religious rites. Chagall’s widow, Valentina Brodsky, said the artist had specifically requested that there be no religious service at his burial. A family member recited the Kaddish but without the required minyan.

The funeral was attended by a handful of family members and close friends and by diplomats of three nations. Two representatives of the Soviet Embassy in Paris were present as were French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, Minister of Culture Jack Lang and Israel’s Ambassador to France, Ovadia Soffer.

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