How about this garden ornament?
An original Chagall


ChagallEvelyn Nefbywashpost Georgetown resident Evelyn Nef and her husband were friends with Marc Chagall, so he naturally brought them a hostess gift for one of his visits – a mural for their walled back garden. It's still there, and I'd sure love to get inside those walls and see it in situ, as they say. (Photo credit.)

After Nef's death someday the mural will be installed in the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden, which is the perfect public space for it. Until then, the view from the sidewalk is shown below.  (Photo credit.)

There's more info about the mural here, including my favorite quote: "'Every summer, we went to France and saw the Chagalls,'" she recalled. The
people, not the paintings."  


  1. This gives me more incentive to host a few more cocktail parties for my artist friends.
    Who knows… a hostess gift perhaps ? !

    Thanks for the story and the images , I enjoyed it .


  2. Lovely story. What other gems might lurk behind those brick walls of Georgetown?

    I don’t know why my mind works this way, and it bothers me that it does, but I wonder how the National Gallery will move the mural? It will take enormous planning and engineering to do so, no?

    Or perhaps Monsieur Chagall had it all planned out…

  3. I believe she opened her garden for a past Georgetown Garden Club Tour (held each May) was how I got to see it in person. They were very low-key about it.
    On this year’s tour one Georgetown back garden was adorned with millions o $s worth of modern sculptures and I almost fell out when I rounded the corner and saw them. Treasures indeed lurking in some of those walled-off private paradises.

  4. Hi Plantanista/ Maureen,
    Monsieur Chagall had planned it out. The mural is secured with ” bronze pins so it can be moved”. (quote from the news article)

    Some mosaic artist use a construction method called the ‘reverse method’, and when doing so, it makes for transporting and installing a mosaic mural much easier than the direct or in situ method.
    I’ve used this method in the past and will be using this same method for an upcoming public installation in N. Calfornia.

  5. Ooops! thanks Michelle, I should have read the article more carefully.

    I should have known that a master like Chagall would have thought the whole thing through. It’s even more amazing to imagine assembling this masterpiece using the reverse method, where all is done backwards!

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