A Retrospective

edited by Jacob Baal-Teshuva

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Lovers floating above the Paris skylin, an angel with a donkey's head, a fiddler on a rooftop: this is the unique imagery that has made Marc Chagall one of the most beloved artists of our time. This comprehensive and incisive exploration brings together the writings of art critics, the reminiscences of family, friends, and colleagues, and Chagall's own words to create a striking portrait of an artist who, despite a life wrought by war and revolution, estrangement from his homeland, and his share of personal tragedy, preserved in his work a sense of peace and beauty.

Chagall: A Retrospective traces the artist's personal and artistic development, from his humble beginnings in the Russian town of Vitebsk to his continuing contributions to world art up to the time of his death at the age of ninety-seven. In addition to Chagall's memoirs, letters, interviews, and skillfully excerpted texts by important figures including his wife Bella, André Breton, Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, John Russell, and others chronicle Chagall's long career and his impact on the development of modern art.

The personal and cultural influences that pervade the work of Chagall are derived from the traditions of his homeland and religious upbringing. His recurrent use of themes and motifs inspired by the Bible, the mysticism of the Hasidim, Yiddish folklore, and Russian folk art are seen here in over 250 reproductions (more than 120 in color) of his works in many mediums: paintings, gouaches, drawings, tapestries, stained glass, sculptures, ceramics, stage designs and costumes, mosaics, and graphic works. In words and pictures Chagall: A Retrospective succeeds in bringing to life the whimsical imagination of this great artist, and captures his extraordinary ability to create a world in which anything and everything is possible.

9 5/8 x 13 in., 376 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-355-8

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