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M. Chagall

Marc Chagall

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Details of the painter
Birth name:  Mark Zajárovich Shagálov.
Artistic name:  Marc Chagall.
Nationality:  France.
Birth:  1887, Belarus, Russian Empire.
Death:  1985, France.
Style:  Modernism, surrealism, cubism.

Marc Chagall is a French visual artist of Lithuanian Jewish family, born in Belarus. Cheerful, religious, nostalgic, and optimistic in nature, he created paintings and works in various disciplines: ceramics, stained glass, engraving, and illustration. He is one of the fathers of modernism, his works fall within a range of modern styles, especially surrealism and cubism.

Driven by his life's concerns, at the age of 19 he began his movements through the main art capitals of the world at that time: Saint Petersburg, Berlin, and Paris.

He lived through World War I and II firsthand, the latter prompted his flight to the United States in 1941, as he was considered a Nazi target, both for his Jewish origin and his style of art, considered "degenerate" by the German regime.

In the United States, he settled in New York, where he was recognized as a great painter. In 1948, he returned permanently to France, settled in the French Riviera, Nice, where he lived until his last days.


Paintings by Chagall

His works are peculiar, rich in unusual ideas, magical environments, and mysterious worlds. They are exhibited in the most important museums of the world, in Russia, Europe, and the United States.

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  • "I and the Village"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: I and the Village
    Year: 1911
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: MoMA Museum, New York

    This is Chagall's most famous work. The composition merges elements with the greatest emotional charge that the artist experienced in his childhood, in the rural environment on the outskirts of Vitebsk, Belarus. It depicts the work of the land, peasants, livestock, houses, an Orthodox church, and at the bottom, a small tree symbolizing the origin and diversity of life.

    While it has many elements of cubism, it cannot be purely classified as such, due to the rural theme and the use of symbolism. In the artist's opinion: "For the cubists, a painting was a surface covered with forms in a certain order. For me, a painting is a surface covered with representations of things, where logic and illustration are unimportant"


  • "The Madonna of the Village"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: Madonna of Village
    Style: Modernism
    Year: 1940-42
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

    This canvas clearly shows the cheerful and dreamy character of the painter. It took two years to complete, starting in France at a time when Hitler's army began to advance and ravage the French borders. It was finished two years later in New York.


  • "Self-Portrait"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    Original title: Portrait de l'artiste
    Style: Modernism
    Year: 1914
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Cardboard
    Located at: Basel Art Museum, Switzerland

    Chagall painted self-portraits on many occasions and always did so in a non-realistic manner. For him, the representation of the mood was the most important aspect.


  • "The Grey House"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: The Grey House
    Style: Modernism, Cubism
    Year: 1917
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

    Composition with broken planes in the style of cubism, to which other elements of certain realism are added. In the background, it describes the real urban landscape of Vitebsk, with a wooden house typical of the era in the foreground.

    It is a playful painting in its forms and melancholic in its colors. On the left, a mysterious character, although it is not known for certain, historians believe it likely to be a representation of the artist himself.


  • "Houses at Vitebsk"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: House at Vitebsk
    Style: Modernism
    Year: 1917
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Paper
    Located at: National Gallery of Art, Washington, U.S.A.

    In the same vein as "The Grey House," this work is a nostalgic ode by the artist to the town where he grew up. The painting features areas with very vivid colors that contrast with the surroundings in brownish tones, denoting the great emotional charge of the scene in the artist's mind.


  • "The Blue Circus"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: The Blue Circus
    Original title: Le cirque bleu
    Style: Modernism
    Year: 1950
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: Tate Gallery, United Kingdom

    The main character is a trapeze artist, immersed in a fantastic world of music and circus, the latter being one of the artist's favorite pictorial themes, who said: "For me, the circus is a magical spectacle that appears and disappears like a world". Painted in his later years, it demonstrates a great sense of movement and rhythm.


  • "The Creation of Man"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    Original title: La création de l'homme
    Style: Modernism
    Year: 1958
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Wood panel
    Located at: Marc-Chagall Museum, Nice, France

    This is one of the artist's most formal and thoughtful religious paintings, of course far from the academic canon, but strict in the canon of Judeo-Christian symbolism. It deals with the biblical story of Genesis and part of the Gospels, where God completes the creation of man.

    The sky is presented with yellow light and a red sun, over which the Jewish people have revolved, from ancient times to the crucifixion. The lower part shows Adam in the arms of the angel, amidst creation.


  • "White Crucifixion"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: White Crucifixion
    Style: Modernism
    Genre: Religious Painting
    Year: 1938
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A.

    It depicts Jesus crucified at the center and exaggerates his Jewish condition with various symbols: The Talit covering him (traditional shawl), headscarf, the patriarchs of the Old Testament as floating angels. To the left and right are devastated towns, burned synagogues, and refugees fleeing by boat

    In the 1930s, this work was not without controversy, as it presented a parallel between the torment of Jesus and that of the Jewish people, all at a time when the persecution of Jews was increasing, just 3 years before the Nazi Holocaust.


  • "Birthday"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: Birthday
    Style: Modernism
    Year: 1915
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: MoMA Museum, New York

    Represents the artist's own birthday, highlighting his greatest inspirations: love and fantasy. The freedom and joy of living were truly novel ideas in art, not found in other contemporary authors.


  • "The Promenade"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    Original title: La promenade
    English title: The Promenade
    Style: Cubism
    Year: 1917
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: Russian State Museum

    A celebration of joy and love. It shows a couple walking in the countryside and having a picnic. The woman flies to the right in a purple dress, gracefully holding the hand of her beloved, who holds a bird in his other hand and is dressed elegantly in a suit and shoes. In the background, a village with houses in green and a pink temple.


  • "Paris through the Window"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    Original title: Paris par la fenêtre
    English title: Paris through the Window
    Style: Modernism
    Year: 1913
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

    This canvas presents a very colorful landscape of Paris (the artist's favorite), viewed from a flowered balcony, the window and the sky have vivid colors.

    The main character, presumably a self-representation, is a two-faced man, painted in pairs of complementary colors: red-green and yellow-blue. Antagonistic to himself in many ways, with a yellow heart in his blue hand, he probably represents night and day life; bohemia and solitude; love and heartbreak.

    Other characters and representations are mysterious, with a spark of humor: a parachutist holding onto his own arms to the parachute, a cat with a human face, an upside-down train, a horizontally lying couple.


  • "Green Violinist"
    Author: Marc Chagall
    English title: Green Violinist
    Style: Cubism
    Year: 1924
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Located at: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

    Painted upon his return to Paris after an extended trip to Russia, with the city of Vitebsk in the background, it represents nostalgia and melancholy about the past and rural environments. In the middle, a strong figure, the violinist, constructed with Cubist strokes, dominates the canvas, while also presenting his Jewish origin.

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