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Marc Chagall by Jonathan Wilson

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By Jonathan Wilson

Wilson brilliantly demonstrates how Marc Chagall’s existence constitutes a grand canvas on which a lot of twentieth-century Jewish heritage is vividly portrayed. Chagall left Belorussia for Paris in 1910, on the sunrise of modernism, on reflection dreamily at the international he deserted. After his marriage to Bella Rosenfeld in 1915, he moved to Petrograd, yet finally again to Paris after a stint as a Soviet commissar for artwork. Fleeing Paris steps sooner than the Nazis, Chagall arrived in long island in 1941. interested in Israel, yet now not sufficient to reside there, Chagall grappled eternally with either a nostalgic attachment to a vanished earlier and the magnetic pull of an uninhibited secular current.

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Cal center of Hasidic ings, nor is it It is life difficult to not hard to see where the mysti- enters Chagall's dreamlike paint- understand why, throughout his career, Chagall remained skeptical about intellectually fash- ionable artistic gall's In movements and work seems all closer to theories. Frequently, Cha- Hasidism than to Cubism. Yehuda Pen likelihood Chagall studied with for a period lasting between four and seven years. " When, August 1918, in Chagall was appointed commissar for art in the postrevolutionary government of Vitebsk and five months later established the first Vitebsk Academy, Pen was teaching appointments.

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The masterworks that Chagall created in his La Ruche — 39 studio include I and year-old! Homage the Village (1911) to Apollinaire Seven Fingers (1912— 13), and —from (1911— 12), Self-Portrait with Paris through the His breakthrough was profound, no than Picasso's with Les a twenty-four- demoiselles Window less so in its (1913). own way d'Avignon, although that painting of Paris whores with African mask faces was to spin out ripples into the art world for a hundred years, whereas Chagall's brilliant harnessing of his Yiddish past to mod- ernist techniques could have only a restricted influence because his subject matter collected around beautiful losers in a dying culture.

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