PARIS (AP) — A new exhibit in Paris tries to show the painter Marc Chagall as a historian of the 20th century.

Through rich, colorful allegories of the two world wars, the Russian Revolution and his experience as a Jew fleeing Nazi Europe, Chagall’s paintings are presented as a witness account of the turbulent 20th century.

Images of pogroms, Russian soldiers, war and Jewish persecution are juxtaposed with Judeo-Christian iconography.

Chagall was born in Russia in 1887, traveled widely and died in France in 1985.

Curator Julia Garimorth-Foray says Chagall witnessed the barbaric acts of the time “and reacts in an engaged way.”

“Chagall between War and Peace” runs until July 21 at Paris’ Musee de Luxembourg.

A member of the media views a painting by Russian artist Marc Chagall before the opening of the exhibition: Chagall, between War and Peace, at the Luxembourg museum in Paris, Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013. The exhibition starts February 21 and ends July 21, 2013. Painting at right is: 1944, Le Cheval Rouge, and at left: 1944, A Ma Femme. (photo credit: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Paintings by Marc Chagall. From right to left:  Le Cheval Rouge, 1944. A Ma Femme, 1944 (photo credit: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Members of the media stand in front of: La Danse, a 1952 painting by Russian artist Marc Chagall before the opening of the exhibition: Chagall, between War and Peace, at the Luxembourg museum in Paris, Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013. The exhibition starts February 21 and ends July 21, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Chagall’s La Danse, 1952 (photo credit: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

A member of the media sits next to 1944, Le Cheval Rouge, a painting by Russian artist Marc Chagall before the opening of the exhibition: Chagall, between War and Peace, at the Luxembourg museum in Paris, Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013. The exhibition starts February 21 and ends July 21, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Chagall’s Le Cheval Rouge, 1944 (photo credit: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

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