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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Chagall: Between war and peace

If you visit Paris this spring, try to see the Chagall exposition at the Musée du Luxembourg.

Marc Chagall had a long and prolific career, living to be almost 100 years old. We see constantly recurring symbols in his work: images of his natal town of Vitebsk in what is now Belarus, images of his wife Bella, Biblical characters, vivid representations of his dreams, and political statements on the horrors of war and religious persecution. He has been called the "quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century." His drawing is sometimes considered naive - his compositions full of people and animals floating in mid-air, but he is an undeniable master of color.

Each time I see an exposition of his work I find myself humming music from the Fiddler on the Roof which was inspired by his paintings.

You can take a virtual visit of the exposition here:

Au dessus de Vitebsk - 1922
La danse - 1950-1952

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