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Meet the Masters

Grade Four

ARTIST: PRINT:

CHAGALL, MARC

(shay-Gohl)

THE ACROBAT MUSEUM OF MODERN ART PARIS, FRANCE

(1887-1985)

Surrealism Date: 1930 Size: 16 1/2” x 12 5/8” Medium: Oil on canvas

ARTIST - Marc Chagall was born and spent his childhood in a small humble village in Russia. He was one of nine children in a poor family. His parents recognized his art talent and made sure he had art lessons. He studied in St. Petersburg, Russia before he moved to Paris in 1910. He was soon a member of a group of artists living in Montmartre, France.

Chagall has a personal style using a bright range of colors and portraying his childhood memories. They do not look realistic because they are in a free-floating composition. There is a fantasy quality to his painting. His paintings show fanciful scenes and simple folk-life scenes.

PRINT - In The Acrobat, Chagall portrays a girl balancing herself on something with a man floating down from the sky. He looks as if he's whispering something to her. The figures look like they are floating through the air. The whole picture, because of the placement of the figures, takes on a dream-like quality. Even though Chagall worked in Paris, his paintings were able to maintain a child-like wonder of real folk art.

Chagall's paintings have a richness of color that he would call his "primordial palette," meaning the colors are in their original state. The girl has on a bright red outfit and the buildings are painted in bright blues and greens.

Chagall was one of the first artists to capture in paint the fairy tale wonders of his memories. His canvases are filled with glowing colors showing men and beasts that hover in a world between dream and reality.

PORTFOLIO A PAIRED WITH:

DEGAS BALLET SCHOOL

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