The Art of Marc Chagall

"My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent" –Marc Chagall.
I feel that art is subjective to the viewer's perspective. With that being said my perspective of Marc Chagall's art is that it is a feast for the eyes! I was immediately drawn to his painting titled “White Crucifixion in the Norton Mix” (Hood 293). "The White Crucifixion reimagines the single most iconic moment in the mythology of Christianity, and yet makes that reverberant representation a strikingly Jewish phenomenon as well" (Whitfield). This was one of Chagall's most famous paintings and many of his paintings were gathered inspirations from biblical themes reflecting his Jewish heritage. However, this was not all Chagall painted. Different life-changing events played a crucial role on his style of painting, memorable times such as his struggles in Russia, the death of hisfirst wife Bella, and his various encounters with other religions.
Marc Chagall, a Russian, was born in 1887. He was Jewish painter who traveled around the world transferring his many experiences on to canvas. He was born into a poor Hasidic family in Vitebsk, Belarus. Chagall was the oldest of nine children. Chagall began to display his artistic talent while studying at a secular Russian school, and despite his father's disapproval, in 1907 he began studying art with Leon Bakst in St. Petersburg. It was at this time that his distinct style that we recognize today began to emerge. As his paintings began to center on images from his childhood, the focus that would guide his artistic motivation for the rest of his life came to realization. He studied in St. Petersburg before making his way to Paris in 1910.Chagall was in Paris for four years and during that time he painted some of his most famous paintings of the Jewish village, and developed the features that became recognizable trademarks of hi…


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