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Marc Chagall

A painter of inner and outer worlds

July 6, 1887March 28, 1985

A painter of inner and outer worlds

"When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color is... His canvases are really painted, not just tossed together. Some of the last things he's done in Vence convince me that there's never been anybody since Renoir who has the feeling for light that Chagall has." - Pablo Picasso

"As a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism's "golden age" in Paris, where "he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism". Yet throughout these phases of his style "he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk." -  Michael J Lewis

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I and the Village

I and the Village

1911
Bride with Fan

Bride with Fan

1911
A Water Carrier and a Coachman

A Water Carrier and a Coachman

1912
Nude

Nude

1913
The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk)

The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk)

1914
The Poet Reclining

The Poet Reclining

1915
Lovers in Pink

Lovers in Pink

1916
Purim

Purim

1916-1917

The town was on fire, the quarter where the poor Jews lived. They carried the bed and the mattress, the mother and the babe at her feet, to a safe place at the other end of town. But, first of all, I was born dead.

My Life - Marc Chagall Autobiography: Chapter 1

1922
The War

The War

1943
Between Darkness and Light

Between Darkness and Light

1838-1943
The Soul of the City

The Soul of the City

1945
Chloe's Judgement

Chloe's Judgement

1961
The Meal at Drya's House

The Meal at Drya's House

1961
Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

1961
1801
The intellectual mother of Abstract Expressionism
Olga Rozanova
"I want to be the painter of my country"
Tarsila do Amaral
Marc Chagall
Sometimes a flower is just a flower
Georgia O'Keeffe
Giving art a cheerful middle finger
Marcel Duchamp
2000

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