Musicians, roosters and rooftops. Floating lovers, flowers, and a wide-eyed goat. For Belarusian painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985), painting was an intricate tapestry of images, drawn from dreams, tales and traditions. In his evocative canvases, he wove together not only colors and forms, but also his Russian Jewish roots with his present encounters in Paris, markers of faith with gestures of love, symbols of hope with testimonies of trauma.
This dependable artist introduction explores the many versions of Chagall’s rich vocabulary. Across scenes of birth, love, marriage and death, from images of the Eiffel Tower to scenes in Chagall’s native Vitebsk, it celebrates a unique aesthetic, as elegant to the eye as it is enticing to the imagination.
Rainer Metzger studied art history, history and German studies in Munich and Augsburg. He received his doctorate in 1994, and has worked as a fine arts journalist for the Viennese newspaper Der Standard. He has written numerous books on art, including volumes on Van Gogh and Chagall.
Ingo F. Walther (1940–2007) was born in Berlin and studied medieval studies, literature, and art history in Frankfurt am Main and Munich. He published numerous books on the art of the Middle Ages and of the 19th and 20th centuries. Walther’s many titles for TASCHEN include Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Art of the 20th Century, and Codices illustres.
About the Series
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
a concise biography
approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions