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.