Monday, February 15, 2010

Chagall Floats Above the Crowds

The delight that an image by Marc Chagall can bring is most gratifying.

The artist, originally from Russia, has created a body of work that literally floats above the crowd of modern art from the 1st half of the 20th century.  Starting out as a cubist, and retaining aspects of that movement thorough out his career, the artist moved away from the general solidity that cubism brought to a lighter more expressive mode.

Chagall seemed to thrive on personal experience and emotions that carried his work to a realm of expression that was totally unique and defying categorization.  Though many artists since have been influenced by his work, none come to a stage that is as personal and groundbreaking.  His use of personal imagery and self-portraits in a fanciful setting is quite engaging as well as his take on other timeless subjects.  A good example of his portrayal of his relationship to his life, wife and artwork is “Devant St. Jeannet” where he sees himself as a rooster painting a portrait of he and his wife with the small hillside town in southern France.

Chagall’s work often relates to his beloved and adopted home of France, and more specifically of Paris and the south.  In his famous Paris Opera mural, which covers the entire inside of the dome of that building, the artist created a fantasy of images illustrating the joy and magic of the opera.  He created a lithograph for the occasion of a book on the mural that gives a wonderful synopsis of the grand painting "Le Plafond de L'Opera".

The lithographic work of Chagall allows individuals to own an original work without spending huge sums of money.  These two original lithographs are a very small portion of the artist’s work in that medium.   Visit the Chagall page on our website to see a few more examples.

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