Meet the Masters
CHAGALL, MARC (Shah-gohl, Mark)
I AND THE VILLAGE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NEW YORK CITY
School of Paris Date: 1911 Size: 63 5/8” x 59 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 I and the Village, reality is mixed with happy remembrances and the result is a delightfully personal style. The surface is based somewhat on Cubism, because it has fractured planes. The images and presentation are solely Chagall's. The cow dreams happily of a milkmaid, lovers are on their way to the field, (one right-side up, and the other upside down). The village street has some upside down houses, and a green-faced man holds a fantastic plant as he views the entire scene. Chagall himself says of his paintings, "I do not understand them at all. They are not literature. They are only pictorial arrangements of images that obsess me."
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